Naturopathic medicine is defined by the State of Connecticut as "the science, art, and practice of healing by natural methods" and combines modern medical research and interventions with traditional therapies used for centuries from different parts of the world. The approach of naturopathic medicine considers both material and mechanical sciences while striving to support the body's natural ability to heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The goal of a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is to restore a person's body to balance and optimal health. This is accomplished by using the constituents of the body, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and neurotransmitters as well as addressing physical and energetic misalignments. Success is also achieved by considering as many aspects of a person as possible or treating the whole person, and not just relieving a set of isolated ailments; the premise behind Naturopathic medicine is to find the root cause of illness and to address health concerns at their very core, rather than focusing solely on symptomatic treatment.