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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.
Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles that underlie and determine its practice. These principles are based upon the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances.

Naturopathic medicine is heir to the Vitalistic tradition of medicine in the Western world and emphasizes the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing power of the body. Methods of treatment are chosen that respect the natural healing process and are chosen upon the basis of patient individuality.