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  • Adrenal Fatigue (Naturopathy)
    Adrenal fatigue or hypoadrenia is a putative health disorder in which the adrenal glands are to be exhausted and unable to produce adequate quantities of hormones, primarily cortisol.
  • Botanical Medicine (Naturopathy)
    Botanical Medicine is the use of plant extracts for medicinal purposes. Plant-based remedies have the power to treat many symptoms, with minimal risk of side effects, and can also be used preventively. Many conventional pharmaceuticals contain plant-derived materials or agents. For example, the anti-malarial drug quinine comes from the plant Cinchona pubescens.
  • Chelation Therapy (Naturopathy)
    Chelation therapy is a form of naturopathy that removes heavy metals from the bloodstream through the application of chelating agents, chemical compounds that bond with metal ions so that the metals can be easily cleansed from the body.
  • Clinical Nutrition (Naturopathy)
    Clinical nutrition aims to improve health by assessing a person's nutritional needs to determine an optimal nutrition program. Case histories, laboratory tests, and nutrition/lifestyle analysis are used to assess a patient's needs, and patients are educated on how to improve their diet and life style accordingly.
  • decoction (Naturopathy)
    an herbal product or tea made by boiling a plant in water.
  • dietary fiber (Naturopathy)
    the part of plant foods the body can't digest or absorb. Also called roughage.
  • ellagic acid (Naturopathy)
    a chemical found in certain plants, such as raspberries and strawberries, that might help protect against cancer.
  • lutein (Naturopathy)
    a natural substance found in green leafy vegetables.
  • Natural Hormone Replacement (Naturopathy)
    Natural hormone replacement is an alternative treatment designed to enhance a woman's health during menopause. Natural hormone replacement therapy relieves symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, which arise from fluctuations in hormone levels, through the administration of calcium, magnesium, Vitamin E, and phytoestrogens such as soy isoflavones
  • Naturopathic Physician (Naturopathy)
    Licensure: Currently, 15 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from a four-year, residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive post-doctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive licensure. For information about the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination Board (NPLEX) and the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE), please see follow these links as well as see the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical College's pages on Naturopathic Medical School (AANMC). Licensed naturopathic physicians must fulfill state-mandated continuing education requirements annually, and will have a specific scope of practice defined by their state's law. The states that currently have licensing laws for naturopathic physicians are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota*, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, United States Territories: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands (Adapted from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians' website: www.naturopathic.org)
  • Naturopathy (Naturopathy)
    a form of medicine taught at accredited institutions that grant a degree called Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine for a four year program of study. Naturopathy is based in various streams of knowledge, including the spa movement of the 1800’s in North America, and the Western herbal tradition. In addition to learning Conventional history taking and diagnostic skills, Doctors of Naturopathy also study diet, exercise, Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, massage, and herbal medicine. It is based on helping the body to heal itself by supporting it with prevention and gentle treatment.
  • Thyroid (Naturopathy)
    Thyroid is a gland that makes and stores hormones that help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones are essential for the function of every cell in the body. They help regulate growth and the rate of chemical reactions (metabolism) in the body. Thyroid hormones also help children grow and develop

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