New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Utilizing both natural therapies and modern tools, naturopathic medicine is a profoundly effective form of medicine for people of all ages. It is a medicine that identifies and treats the underlying cause of illnesses. It encompasses prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses on physical, mental, and emotional levels. It removes obstacles to healing and supports the natural healing processes of the individual patient. It is a potent combination of art and science.
In New Hampshire, naturopathic doctors (NDs), are licensed after completing naturopathic medical school and passing rigorous board exams. Trained to provide primary care, NDs offer a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic tools.
For further information on the philosophy and therapies utilized in naturopathic medicine, see below.
NDs are trained in physical manipulations of the muscles, skeletal system and connective tissue to correct misalignments and reduce/remove pain and immobility. This also includes the use of massage, exercise, ultrasound, and water-based therapies.
Botanical (Herbal) Medicine
Homeopathy is a separate form of medicine and philosophy that naturopathic doctors are trained in during their schooling (see The Difference Between Naturopathic Medicine and Homeopathy). It offers extremely diluted amounts of natural substances which offer a gentle, yet profound way to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself.