Naturopathic Medicine Denver
The naturopathic healthcare philosophy is a different medical model that
focuses on treating the entire person by working to discover the causes of
disease. Its primary goal is to promote health versus managing disease.
Naturopathic Physicians (N.D. or N.M.D) address each person as a unique
individual and are careful not to label people as their disease conditions.
When determining a course of action or treatment plan for an individual,
physical, mental/emotional and spiritual health is taken into account, rendering
a personally tailored prescription. Naturopathic medicine and the physicians
that practice it promote prevention and self-care through education and believe
good health and longevity are maximized when we live as naturally as possible.
Following a Bachelors of Science in pre-medicine, naturopathic doctors enter
into a four-year medical school from one of four accredited naturopathic
medical universities in the country. The rigorous program includes two years of
basic sciences, two years of clinical sciences and practical experience with a
focus on natural medicine.
The Naturopathic Physician operates according to six principles:
The Healing Power of Nature
A person's inherent self-healing process is recognized by naturopaths. A Naturopathic Physician
aims to work with his/her patients by removing any obstacles that may be interfering with this
Identify and Treat the Causes
The Naturopathic Physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather
than to suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm
Naturopathic Physicians utilize methods and medical substances which minimize the risk of
harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat.
Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic Physicians educate and encourage responsibility for one's own health. A therapeutic
doctor-patient relationship is employed.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic Physicians take into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental,
social, and other factors and recognize the relationship of one's mind, body and spirit.
Prevention of disease is greatly emphasized by Naturopathic Physicians. A partnership is formed
between a patient and his/her doctor to prevent illness and to contribute to a healthy world. The
naturopathic doctor, in order to arrive at an individualized treatment plan for each patient, collects a
thorough history, completes a directed physical exam, and utilizes appropriate laboratory tests.