Nontraditional Healthcare

Module Five Assignment

Grand Canyon University
HLT 324
March 14, 2010
I live in the state of Arizona so while researching nontraditional health care I discovered that Arizona not only has one of five naturopathic medical schools accredited by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) in the United States but is also one of fifteen states that actually licenses naturopathic physicians as primary care doctors. Naturopathic medicine is often referred to as natural medicine. It is believed that you need to support one’s own body’s abilities to achieve optimal health and that disease is the body’s way of purifying itself. Naturopathic doctors believe that disease has to be treated by stimulating the body in order to heal itself not treat the symptoms like medical doctors. There are six principles that all naturopathic physicians follow by while helping to treat their patients. These principles play an important role in naturopathic medicine. In order to become a naturopathic physician one has to follow the same medical path as a medical doctor except instead of attending a traditional medical school they will attend a naturopathic medical school.
      I am a very scientific minded person so the idea of naturopathic medicine was in away a foreign concept to me. I knew it existed but I was unsure as to what it really consisted of. According to the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA), “Naturopathic medicine accomplishes heath care sing holistic diagnosis in conjunction with the following therapies; clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, lifestyle counseling, pharmaceutical medicine, and minor surgery.”   (Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA), 2006). Those who practice naturopathic medicine treat and prevent disease, help the patient to maintain optimal health, and help the patient to achieve their inherent self-healing process. Naturopathic medicine combines the wonders of...