Naturopathic Medicine is a unique and distinct system of health care that emphasizes the use of prevention and natural therapeutics. The doctors who practice naturopathic medicine, called naturopathic doctors (NDs), are trained to serve as primary care general practitioners who are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of both acute and chronic health conditions.
Naturopathic doctors are guided by six principles:
(1) Do No Harm: Heal without the use of harmful substances (drugs) or invasive procedures (surgery) when possible.
(2) The Healing Power of Nature:
Access the body’s capacity for self-healing by setting up the right environments for healing to take place.
(3) Find the Cause:
Identify and eliminate underlying obstacles that create disease (rather than mask symptoms).
(4) Treat the Whole Person
Rather than treating symptoms alone, we help heal and strengthen all of your systems to improve overall well-being.
(5) Preventive Medicine; and,
(6) Doctor as Teacher.
Educate patients on how to get well and stay well, empowering them to maintain good health.
This set of principles, emphasized throughout a naturopathic doctor’s training, outlines the philosophy guiding the naturopathic approach to health and healing and forms the foundation of this distinct health care practice.
Naturopathic doctors use a variety of natural and non-invasive therapies, including clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, and counseling. Many naturopathic doctors have additional training and certification in acupuncture and natural child birth. Naturopathic treatments are effective in treating a wide variety of conditions without the need for additional intervention. Naturopathic doctors are also able to function within an integrated framework, and naturopathic therapies can be used to complement treatments used by conventionally trained medical doctors. The result is a patient-centered approach that strives to provide the most appropriate treatment for an individual’s needs.
Please call us today to make an appointment or talk with us about our approach for safe, natural remedies to restore vibrant health.