A Naturopathic Doctor (ND*) specializes in individualised integrative and holistic health . NDs trained and licensed in US are trained to identify and remove causes of a disease using natural, non-toxic therapies. Our primary goal, as your natural medicine expert, is to not only treat your condition, but also to maximize your health.
As defined by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of natural therapeutic methods that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathy includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.
The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic practice:
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae):
Naturopathy recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopaths act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Identify and Treat the Causes (ToIle Causam):
The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere):
Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
- Utilize methods and substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary.
- Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
- Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere):
Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the practitoner-patient relationship.
Treat the Whole Person:
Naturopathic physicians take into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
Disclaimer: *These are allied health services and are not covered under Singapore Health Service Act- Medical/ Dental