The Naturopathic Medicine Interest Group was established in 2005 to educate AMSA members about the profession and practice of Naturopathic Medicine through an active listserve, interaction between allopathic and naturopathic medical schools and dynamic programming at the National and Regional conventions. The Group is also dedicated to cultivating a relationship with the members of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association and to helping naturopathic medical students get involved with AMSA.
Naturopathic medicine has as its basis the premise that the body has an innate intelligent force capable of healing itself and our duty as physicians is to support that process by stimulating that force, providing the body with essential nutrients and removing any toxic factors. This is done in the spirit of the therapeutic order, going from the gentlest least harmful modalities and culminating in pharmaceuticals and surgery if necessary.
Naturopathic Physicians (NDs) attend 4 year full-time residential medical schools and are primary care providers trained in conventional medical sciences, diagnosis and treatment, as well as nutrition, botanical medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, counseling and minor surgery. Some NDs choose to receive further training in natural obstetrics and Chinese Medicine.
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