Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is rooted in the most up to date science-based practices and in the healing systems and traditions of many indigenous cultures, Africa, Europe, India, and China.  It is a blend of these traditional natural approaches and modern medical science that make it uniquely effective at shedding light on how the relationship of emotional, physical, spiritual and environmental factors impact health.  Naturopathic Medicine is a system that has at its core the goal to identify and treat the cause and that the body has the innate ability to heal itself.  It utilizes both time tested and cutting edge science-based diagnostic techniques and therapeutic strategies to identify the cause of disease and to direct the innate healing response.

Naturopathic Medicine is based on six timeless principles founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence.

Let nature heal.

We have the innate ability to heal.  Poor diet, bad habits, stress, and genetic makeup are some factors that can prevent us from achieving health.  The naturopathic doctor can identify these obstacles and remove them so that health can be restored.

Identify and treat causes.

The naturopathic doctor’s primary goal is to identify what is the cause of disease and treat it.  The naturopathic doctor understands that treating the symptom is often palliative and rarely results in the restoration of health.

First, do no harm.

The naturopathic doctor uses methods and substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects. When possible, we do not suppress the symptom because it may cause the body to express disease elsewhere and do further harm. .

Educate patients.

The naturopathic doctor must be a source of information, guidance, encouragement, and emotional support.  The healing process is a journey and many people may stumble, it is the naturopathic doctor that helps and individual along their journey back to health.

Treat the whole person.

We each have a unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, sexual and spiritual makeup. The naturopathic doctor takes these factors into account when customizing an individua’ls treatment strategy.

Prevent illness.

The naturopathic doctor emphasizes disease prevention, by assessing risk factors to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent future illness.

Naturopathic doctors attend a 4-year medical school.  The schooling is similar to that of allopathic medical doctors where all the basic and clinical sciences are studied. So naturopathic doctors are well trained in and utilize diagnostic methods like physical exam, laboratory and imagine studies, and medications. The naturopathic doctor is well versed on how these medications may interact with herbs and other nutrieents. In addition, naturopathic doctors complete coursework in botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical manipulation i.e. spinal adjustments, cranio-sacral therapy, massage, hydrotherapy or water therapy, clinical nutrition, and counseling. The latter years in naturopathic medical training include the requirement of a minimum of 1200 clinical hours under the supervision of a licensed naturopathic doctor.  Outside internship hours are also required for graduation.

In order to be licensed, naturopathic doctors take rigorous basic and clinical sciences board exams.  Upon completion they can be licensed as general practice primary care physicians. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia license naturopathic doctors.


New York State does not have a law licensing naturopathic physicians, however, there is currently a strong effort pursuing licensure. Consequently, Dr. SaltPaw does not diagnose or treat disease, can not order diagnostic studies, write prescriptions for medications, and can not do any physical manipulation, but acts as a naturopathic health consultant. For more information, please visit the website for the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP) at

Naturopathic Medicine