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Group of Ariz. volunteers spend their time helping less fortunate heal

Visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and his Philippine counterpart Perfecto Yasay Jr. walk for their bilateral meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs Wednesday, July 27, 2016 , in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Kerry is the highest U.S. official to visit the country since the inauguration of new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

PHOENIX — It’s called naturopathic. It’s a theory that believes medicine should be used to support the healing process, and that the body can heal itself.

“In addition to traditional medicine practices, [we] also use nutritional support, physical medicine (which is usually adjustments), homeopathy, botanical medicine and acupuncture,” said Johanna Simmerman, a medical student at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe.

Simmerman also works with Naturopaths Without Borders, which believes naturopathic medicine is well-suited for resource-poor settings.

“Once a month we usually host a free clinic to the local community of Rocky Point, she said. “Naturopaths Without Borders is a global organization that is committed to providing naturopathic medicine to communities in need.”

Naturopaths Without Borders is looking to build a clinic here in the valley next, she said.

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