Naturopathic medicine focuses on the prevention of diseases and illness while facilitating the body’s natural ability to heal itself through the implementation of natural therapies. Naturopathic medicine in Hawaii addresses the whole person, not just the symptoms, and typically addresses one’s physical and psychological well-being, nutritional habits, and micronutrient intake. Modern Naturopathic medicine dates back to the late 1800s and, in recent years, has now begun to gain popularity as an alternative to conventional, western approaches to medicine.
This increase in popularity stems from the unsatisfactory results modern-day health care has generated, leading people to seek out alternatives or additional medical assistance. With more and more people unsatisfied with the state of the current health care system, many have begun to see the value in Hawaii Naturopathic medicine that aims to prevent illness, promote wellness, and encourage healing within the body.
Naturopathic Medicine Hawaii – Medicine, Treatments, and Principles
Naturopathic doctors (NDs), like conventional Medical Doctors (MDs), are primary care physicians who combine long-standing natural therapeutics in conjunction with the discoveries and research of modern science to achieve holistic health outcomes. Doctors specializing in Naturopathy (N.D.s) complete a four-year medical program at an accredited naturopathic medical school prior to practicing naturopathic medicine. Upon completion of their program, naturopathic physicians are clinically trained to practice in most aspects of family health.
Naturopathic physicians focus on diagnosing and identifying the root of illness, then implement naturopathic therapies to resolve the health issue. These naturopathic therapies have been derived from peer-reviewed academic works that originate from various disciplines, including clinical nutrition, conventional & naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, complementary medicine, psychology, and more.
The therapies implemented within naturopathic medicine today are an integration of natural medicines that have been used for hundreds of years and recent scientific discoveries.
At the Center for Natural Healing, Hawaii, which was founded by Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff in 1989, additional services such as intravenous nutrition and detoxification, laser therapy for pain and injury repair, massage therapy, yoga and meditation training, weight loss and body sculpting programs, and acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine services are incorporated where needed or requested by patients to enable a comprehensive experience of getting well and staying well, which is the mission of the doctor, for all of her patients.
Naturopathic medicine is fundamentally built on the following six principles.
First Do No Harm
To mitigate potential side effects, only safe and effective natural treatment options are implemented. Thus, yielding higher treatment efficacy and ensuring holistic health outcomes are achieved.
Treat the Whole Person
A Naturopathic treatment approach addresses the genetic, mental, physical, social, and environmental factors contributing to a patient’s health. This holistic approach enables a naturopathic physician to construct a treatment plan specifically tailored to the patient to maximize treatment outcomes.
Identify and Treat the Underlying Cause
Rather than diagnosing and treating symptoms, naturopaths must investigate the root cause of the symptoms to treat any underlying illnesses.
The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic medicine in Hawaii acknowledges the body’s ability to heal and repair itself. Naturopathic therapies aim to eliminate any impediments to this natural healing process.
The key to overall health and wellness is prevention. To implement appropriate preventative measures to maintain health and wellness, naturopathic practitioners assess a patient’s risk factors, whether hereditary or lifestyle related.
Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic physicians strive to educate their patients on the steps to achieve optimal health and well-being. This includes the sharing and teachings of preventative measures, lifestyle recommendations, new medical discoveries, and nutritional information.
Educated in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor (MD), a naturopathic doctor uses the Western medical sciences as a foundation for diagnosis and treatment. Prior to becoming a practitioner, naturopathic physicians, just like traditional medical doctors (M.D.) must complete a series of mandatory professional board examinations before receiving licensing for their receptive state or jurisdiction. Naturopath medical students must also complete an internship in clinical settings under the supervision of licensed professionals before completing their medical program.
N.D.s, however, also study holistic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and promoting wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, N.D.s are trained in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, physical medicine, and counseling. This also applies to Hawaii naturopathic doctors practicing naturopathy.
Many receive additional training in midwifery, acupuncture, and Oriental medicine. Because N.D.s view natural remedies as complementary as well as primary, they cooperate with other medical professionals, referring patients to (and receiving patients from) conventional medical doctors, surgeons, and other specialists when appropriate.
Naturopathic doctors are licensed or registered as health care providers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Legal provisions allow the practice of naturopathic medicine in several other states. Naturopathic doctors are also recognized in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan. Naturopathic doctors are considered licensed health care providers in Hawaii.
Efforts to gain licensure elsewhere are currently underway. Forty-two states and territories in the United States have professional associations for naturopathic medicine. Canada has 11 provincial and territorial professional associations.
Licensure Requirements for Naturopathic Doctors
All states and provinces with licensure laws require a resident course of at least four years and 4,100 hours of study from a college or university recognized by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).