Naturopathic doctors are trained as general family practitioners. They address the underlying cause of disease through effective, individualized natural therapies that integrate the healing powers of body, mind and spirit. Naturopathic doctors are unique in providing diagnosis and treatment that bridges both conventional and natural medical perspectives; they integrate scientific research with the healing powers of nature. Naturopathic medicine is a distinctive approach to health and healing that recognizes the integration of the whole person. It is an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness.