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Naturopathic Medicine and Gastrointestinal Health 

Naturopathic Medicine and Gastrointestinal Health
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Naturopathic Medicine and Gastrointestinal Health
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David M. Brady

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190933043.003.0015
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date: 24 June 2021

Naturopathic medical physicians are licensed/registered providers who are trained as distinct primary health care professionals, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and fostering optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. This chapter examines the current definition of naturopathic medicine, including the principles and paradigms of care that the modern naturopathic physicians generally subscribe to, with a particular focus on the naturopathic approach to diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Educational and licensure/registration of the naturopathic doctor (ND) is also reviewed, along with typical work settings and practice environments. Traditional and historical and current therapeutic approaches to GI disorders are discussed and typical intervention protocols are offered.

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