Naturopathic medicine  is a distinct system of primary health care – responsible for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the philosophical principles, which underlie and determine its practice. These principles are based upon scientific objective observations of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances. Methods used are consistent with these  principles and are chosen upon the basis of patient individuality. Naturopathic physicians are primary health care practitioners, whose diverse techniques include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods. Treatment  options include, but are not limited to, physical medicine, dietary and lifestyle counseling, orthomolecular medicine, homeotathy, as well as, Western and Eastern Herbal medicine.