Naturopathy is a holistic health system which promotes the healing power of nature and the body’s inherent ability to heal itself as obstacles to health are removed.
Conventional medicine views the individual as a series of parts (organs, tissues, etc.), treating the part to change the individual’s health. On the other hand, Naturopathy approaches the individual from a holistic perspective, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” and recognizes that in addition to each patient’s unique biochemistry there is an important subtler realm of health as well – their energy, emotions, mind and spirit. This holistic approach to health is implemented using traditional therapies validated by years of scientific evidence.
Naturopathy has existed as a profession in the United States for over a century. It draws from thousands of years of natural medicine experience and has seen recent renewal and growth in the United States in the past two decades. Connecticut law gives licensed naturopathic doctors the ability to diagnose and treat disease using various natural therapies, including botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, diet, exercise, lifestyle modification, counseling, etc.
Naturopathic doctors must complete a four year undergraduate education as well as a four year naturopathic medical education at one of seven federally accredited schools. Naturopathic medical education includes the medical sciences as well as years of clinical work. Naturopathic doctors are then required to pass a series of nationwide board examinations before licensure. In order to maintain the license, continuing education is required annually.