A traditional naturopath/natural medicine focus on the prevention of diseases and optimizing health. They teach clients how applying natural lifestyle approaches can act to facilitate the body’s own natural healing and health building potential. The traditional naturopath/natural medicine practitioner does not medically undertake to “diagnose” or “treat diseases,” nor by traditional medicine definition DO NOT use surgery, drugs, or other harsh, or invasive methodology as part of service. According to the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”
The correct bibliographic citation for the definition is:
Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, and 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948.
The Definition has not been amended since 1948.
According to the World Health organization the majority of chronic sub-health conditions are related to unhealthy lifestyle. The underlying cause of what we call “disease” (or, “dis-ease”) is a combination of improper eating, unhealthy habits, and environmental factors which cause biological imbalances leading to a weakening of the bodies’ natural defenses (immune system) and subsequent breakdown in health. The main focus of traditional natural medicine practitioners is to help to find the root causes of individual client health challenges and provide guidance to the client for change, to enable the body to harness its own healing abilities.
Traditional Natural Medicine Practitioners/traditional naturopathy — uses eclectic modalities with the goal of enhancing optimal health. Modalities include, but are not limited to techniques such as, herbal preparations, homeopathic preparations, energy medicine, ethno-medicine (medicine of various cultures), psycho-social-spiritual counseling, functional medicine, lifestyle management, addictions management, traditional manual techniques(cupping therapy, pressure therapy, traditional massage techniques hydrotherapy, hypertheramy etc.), nutritional medicine( food and food factors and special diets), environmental medicine (water air and sunlight) and mineral preparations.
In practice traditional natural medicine practitioner may perform non-invasive assessment techniques such as pulse, tongue assessment, physical examinations as well as modern techniques such as non-invasive laboratory interpretation, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, and non-invasive allergy testing, traditional urine, saliva analysis, lives cell and dry blood cell analysis, hair mineral (lab interpretation) and other non-invasive assessment techniques.
Modern Naturopathic Medicine Doctors/Physicians are very similar to MD’s & D.O.’s but without the medical license -however they take the NPLEX; which is serves as a verification of Modern Naturopathic Doctor /Physician status. Modern Naturopathic Medicine is only accredited if they are graduates from the few schools listed at http://www.aanmc.org
A Modern Naturopathic Medicine Physician/Doctor:
- Performs surgery
- Prescribes drugs
- Treats symptoms
- Uses invasive procedures
- Diagnoses and treats illness based upon conventional medical theories
- Aspires to become primary care physician — with shorter training than Medical Doctors, and are Not acknowledged by AMA or the CMA ( or any Allopathic lice singing organization)
- Uses many allopathic diagnostic procedures including X-rays and electrocardiograms with only outpatient clinical training, which has less training than conventional allopathic medical programs
- Practices obstetrics including episiotomies without the extensive training required by allopathic medical doctors practicing obstetrics
- Practices Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Rheumatology without receiving post-graduate work as interns and residents.
- Is a system developed from traditional naturopathy/natural medicine but augmented, thereby interjecting portions of conventional allopathic medical techniques, as a result losing the original form of traditional naturopathy practices.
- Seeks to discredit all other natural healthcare professionals by boosting their accreditation under the aanmc.
- The majority of Traditional naturopaths/natural medicine practitioners in North America are represented by the following organizations in North America: the American Naturopathic Association(since 1905), it Canadian sister organization group The Board of Natural Medicine Doctors and Practitioners-North America/the Examining Board of Natural Medicine Practitioners, The American Naturopathic Medical Association(the largest naturopathic association in North America).
- Traditional Naturopathy/Natural medicine practitioners are the largest group of practitioners in North America and elsewhere in the World not North America “Modern Naturopathic doctors”
- Competes with conventional medical doctor’s care.
Modern Naturopathic Doctors and physicians seek the status of primary care physicians through licensure, and they mix naturopathic and allopathic medicine, without sufficient medical training, hospital experience, or trauma education. They are a small group compare to the larger body of practitioners of natural/naturopathy.
Modern Naturopathic Doctors, physicians advocate diagnostic care, while traditional naturopaths/natural medicine (DNM/RNP), Doctors of Natural Medicine/Registered Naturotherapy Practitioners) emphasize healthy lifestyle choices and wellness care.