Naturopathic Medicine and Heilpraktik
A naturopathic doctor (ND) must attend a 4-year graduate level medical school accredited by the CNME (Council on Naturopathic Medical Education). After rigorous academic and clinic training, NDs must pass a series of board examinations to be licensed to practice medicine. NDs are educated in all of the same basic sciences as MDs, but also study holistic and integrative approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and wellness.
Naturopathic medicine represents a unique form of healing that emerged from the fusion of European and American alternative and traditional nature-centric medicine. It encompasses modalities such as Western herbalism (and often Eastern), homeopathy, nutrition, orthomolecular medicine (nutritional supplements), movement therapy, and many more. The toolbox this medicine has to offer is immense.
The foundation of naturopathic medicine is based on nature's ability to heal, and foremost, the belief that the body has an innate capacity to restore balance and health, if given the proper tools and environment. The body constantly strives for homeostasis, or inner balance, and can achieve this given the conditions are at hand and obstacles have been removed.
Naturopathic medicine does not teach the reduction of people to a diagnosis or an algorithm, but rather teaches one to see how each unique individual has come to their current state of health or illness by a very specific set of circumstances. It is these circumstances that must be addressed, and above all, for the unique individual's story to be at the center of the healing process.
I look forward to sharing this incredible tradition of healing with you in my Frankfurt - Mainz - Wiesbaden area practice, located just outside the picturesque town of Hochheim am Main.