Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession emphasizing education, prevention, treatment and optimal health of mind, body and spirit.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) provide evidence-informed natural and supportive therapies which complement standard of care medicine.
Therapeutic care varies by state and territory and may include acupuncture, botanical medicine, physical medicine, clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling and intravenous therapies and/or prescription drugs.
Naturopathic medicine includes the following concepts:
- State of health is inseparable from body, mind, spirit and environment.
- The body has an inherent ability to heal itself.
- Lifestyle factors contribute to health and illness.
- Every individual is biochemically unique.
NDs listen and engage with patients. They educate patients to take active role in their own healing process. “Self-care” through diet, lifestyle and hygiene is encouraged.