School of Naturopathic Medicine
The School of Naturopathic Medicine at Maryland University of Integrative Health will be the first in the mid-Atlantic region, preparing naturopathic doctors to practice evidence-informed medicine in integrative community healthcare settings.
Graduates of MUIH’s four-year, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program will be prepared as first-contact providers with expertise in community medicine, integrative health practices, evidence-informed medicine, and naturopathic therapeutics, including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, counseling, homeopathy, and manual therapies that address the whole person. READ MORE
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods. - American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Naturopathic medicine is an art and a science guided by 6 principles of healing:
- The Healing Power of Nature (vis medicatrix naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes the inherent healing wisdom of nature and the body. Naturopathic doctors strive to identify and remove the conditions that obstruct healing and recovery, and to facilitate the natural healing process.
- Identify and Treat the Cause (tolle causum): Naturopathic doctors seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness and disease, and create the conditions for health, rather than to merely treat or suppress symptoms.
- First Do No Harm (primum non nocere): Naturopathic doctors are guided by a therapeutic order to avoid causing harm to the patient. The therapeutic order consists of three essential guidelines:
- Honor, respect, and work in harmony with the individual’s inherent healing process;
- Whenever possible, avoid the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
- Employ methods and medicinal therapies which minimize the risk of harmful side effects and adverse interactions, always using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat.
- Physician as Teacher (docere): Naturopathic doctors create a doctor-patient therapeutic alliance to engage, educate, and empower their patients to take charge of their health.
- Treat the Whole Person (tolle totum): Naturopathic doctors practice patient-centered care, considering all aspects of an individual, including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.
- Prevention (praevenir): Naturopathic doctors emphasize disease prevention by assessing risk factors, genetics and susceptibility to disease, environmental and social conditions, and by partnering with their patients to identify strategies and choices to create, restore, and maintain health.