Naturopathic physicians are licensed primary care providers in Arizona. This is awarded after attending a 4 year accredited medical school and completing 2 rounds of board exams. The scope of practice includes nutrition, botanical (herbal) medicine, injection therapy, homeopathy, acupuncture and prescription medication when needed.
Although our training in basic sciences is essentially the same as a traditional medical practitioner, the philosophy and treatment are often quite different. Rather than using suppressive therapy, we focus on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive treatment. This is because Naturopathic physicians are founded in the following 6 guiding principles:
- First of all, to do no harm
- Cooperate with the healing power of nature
- Address the fundamental causes of disease
- Heal the whole person through individualized treatment
- To teach the principles of healthy living
- Practice preventive medicine
Naturopathic physicians combine the ancient wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. With roots in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of side effects, Naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the Naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.