What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine integrates natural, nontoxic therapies from centuries-old traditions with today's modern advances of our health care system.
A Naturopathic Physician (N.D.) is a primary care practitioner who emphasizes whole-patient wellness. Prevention and lifestyle management are important tools patients use to achieve optimal health and wellness. Naturopathic medicine strives to find the underlying causes of a patient's condition rather than focusing on symptomatic treatment. Naturopathic physicians work with other medical and health professionals for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
Naturopaths are well trained in the medical sciences and have extensive training in natural therapies such as therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulative therapy, and Chinese medicine.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The Healing Power of Nature
The body has an inherent ability to heal itself. This healing process and life force is ordered and intelligent to optimally restore health.
Identify & Treat the Cause
Illness does not occur without cause. Naturopathic Medicine focuses on finding and treating the cause of disease rather than treating the symptoms, which are merely expressions of the body's attempt to heal.
First Do No Harm
By respecting the inherent ability of the body to heal itself, the physician prefers therapies that are not complimentary and synergistic with this healing process.
Treat the Whole Person
Health and disease result from a complex interaction between physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental and other influencing factors. The harmonious functioning of all these aspects is essential to the health of an individual.
Doctor as Teacher
The physician's role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for their healing process.
Health is a reflection on how we choose to live. By assessing risk factors and heredity susceptibility to disease, appropriate interventions can be used to help prevent illness.