What is it Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care profession and comprehensive approach to improving your health and treating illness. It is based on stimulating and supporting the body’s innate ability to heal itself, while removing the obstacle(s) that obstruct this process. This is accomplished by the use of natural medicines and physical therapies. Naturopathic physicians are specialists in natural medicine and preventative health care, integrating modern scientific knowledge with traditional therapies. The symptoms of disease, like low energy or headaches or eczema, are signs of abnormal function and lifestyle habits.
Naturopathic physicians are trained to
diagnose, treat and prevent all conditions.
The goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the underlying cause of illness and not just localized symptoms. The physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the patient are taken into account when diagnosing and developing an individualized treatment plan. Mind, body and spirit must be assessed in order to truly address the origination of the illness. The Naturopathic Physician aims to treat the whole person. Drugs and surgery are avoided, when possible.
Naturopathic Medicine has become an integral component in the continuum of health care. It offers thorough diagnosis, effective treatment and restoration to the individual’s optimal health. Naturopathic medicine compliments and enhances health care service provided by other health care professionals.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
First Do No Harm
The use of techniques and methods that minimize harmful effects.
Cooperate with Body’s Healing Potential: The Healing Power of Nature
Supporting the mind-body’s innate healing capabilities to restore health.
Address Fundamental Cause of Dis-ease
Treatment and understanding that a symptom(s) are a manifestation of underlying causes.
Naturopathic physicians and patients work as a team by sharing knowledge and encourage responsibility for one’s own health.
Treat the Whole Person
Consideration of the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental, dietary and lifestyle factors that can contribute to a person’s state of health.
Healthful and mindful living in an attempt to reduce the inherent susceptibility to disease to self, others and environment.