School of Health Sciences
Dr. Frank Valentín
Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary health care practiced by naturopathic physicians for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Naturopathic Medicine is a comprehensive system of health care within the complementary medicine world that incorporates many modalities.
Naturopathic practice blends centuries of old knowledge on natural, nontoxic therapies with current advances in the understanding of health and human systems (Bastyr University Catalog, 1999/2000). Naturopathic physicians are typically trained in a wide array of alternative therapies including herbology, homeopathy, massage, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, behavioral medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, acupuncture, and nutrition therapy, as well as clinical practices such as minor surgery, pharmacology and obstetrics.
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the primary professional association for naturopathic physicians, defines naturopathic medicine as a distinct system of primary health care; an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles upon which its practice is based. These principles are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances. The techniques of naturopathic medicine include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods.
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