In the state of California you can call yourself a Naturopath yet have no formal training, versus a Naturopathic Doctor, who has attended a four year doctorate program and passed rigorous board certification.  Naturopathic Medical schools are comparable to MD programs in all of their science courses yet the focus remains on holistic therapies for treatment.  These modalities include, but are not limited to Nutrition, Botanical Medicine, Homeopathy, Physical Medicine, and Lifestyle Counseling.  Naturopathic Medicine is a system of medicine with its own unique governing philosophy…

PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE (LATIN TRANSLATION)

-First do no harm (Primum Non Nocere)

-Act in cooperation with the Healing Power of Nature

(Vis Medicatrix Naturae)

-Identify and remove the underlying causes of disease

(Tolle Causam)

-Treat the whole person (Tolle Totum)

-Teach the principles of healthy living (Docere)

-Emphasize preventive medicine and self-care (Prevention)

The first principle, do no harm, is respected by choosing to use the least possible force or intervention necessary to restore function, by avoiding suppression of symptoms, and by respecting the power and wisdom of nature. The Vis is just that, the inherent self- organizing and healing process of living systems, which establishes, maintains, and restores health. Naturopathic doctors work with people of all ages and will always seek to treat the causes of disease rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms. Naturopathic doctors also treat the whole person, instead of just the ulcer or headache, by listening to the person while considering the physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and spiritual aspects of both health and disease. They focus on teaching you how to utilize diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes along with natural treatments such as supplements, hydrotherapy, and homeopathy. Naturopathic doctors formulate comprehensive treatment plans that bring together modern medical science with traditional natural medicine.