Naturopathic medicine includes the prevention of disease, encouragement of the body’s inherent healing abilities, natural treatment of the whole person, personal responsibility for one’s health, and education of patients in health-promoting lifestyles. Vis medicatrix naturae, or the healing power of nature ~ the innate power of any living organism to heal itself. Naturopathic practice blends centuries-old knowledge of natural, nontoxic therapies with current advances in the understanding of health and human systems. The scope of practice includes all aspects of family care, from natural childbirth to geriatrics. The U.S. Department of Labor defines the Naturopathic Doctor as one who “diagnoses, treats, and cares for patients, using a system of practice that bases its treatment of all physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing the body, utilizes physiological, psychological and mechanical methods, such as air, water, heat, earth, phytotherapy (treatment by the use of plants), electrotherapy, physiotherapy, minor or orificial surgery, mechanotherapy, naturopathic corrections and manipulation, and all natural processed foods, herbs, and natural remedies. Excludes major surgery, therapeutic use of x-ray and radium and use of drugs, except those assimilable substances containing elements or compounds of body tissues and physiologically compatible to body processes for maintenance of life.” Naturopathic methods are supported by scientific research drawn from peer-reviewed journals from many disciplines, including Naturopathic medicine, conventional medicine, European complementary medicine, clinical nutrition, Oriental medicine, phytotherapy, pharmacognosy, homeopathy, psychology, and others.
Most Naturopathic doctors provide care through office-based, private practice and are licensed as primary health care providers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and U.S. Territories Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, as well as in five Canadian provinces. Efforts to gain licensure in Massachusetts and elsewhere are currently under way. Twenty-five states and provinces, in the United States and Canada, have professional associations for naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic training requires a minimum of seven years post college, the taking of boards and licensure examinations, and focuses on the basic and clinical sciences needed by the primary care physician. It is eligible, or soon to be eligible, for reimbursement by most major insurance companies in those states that license naturopathy. Dr. Giordano is a member of both our national organization, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and our local organization, the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors (MSND). The AANP has created a project designed to honor our leaders, patients, friends, loved ones, and colleagues who face health challenges. The Healing Energy Community is an online community where you can share your thoughts, prayers and hopes about the people who are important to you. To learn more about our mission, please visit our welcome page . Many of us may not be aware of it, but there were over 30,000 naturopaths throughout this country in the late 1920s ~ treating effectively, and naturally. This is a time for all of us to come together...to heal...!