Naturopathic medicine is the merging of Western science with Eastern traditional philosophies to promote healing of the whole person (mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually) from the root of the issue. Naturopathic medicine supports the body to heal itself, not suppress symptoms.
The body is capable of healing itself given the proper support and removing the obstacles to heal. Naturopathic doctors call this the body’s innate ability to cure and maintain homeostasis (balance). Here is the foundation for the 6 Naturopathic principles:
First to do no harm– Minimizing risks of harmful side effects and using the least force necessary while respecting the individual’s self-healing process.
Identify and treat the cause – Rather than merely eliminating or suppressing symptoms, NDs seek to identify and treat the causes of illness.
Doctor as teacher– Clients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own optimal health through knowledge and empowerment.
Treat the whole person – A person’s health status must address his or her physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social support to truly understand all contributing factors.
Our bodies are complex. Our physical, emotional and mental well-being are interconnected with our internal and external environment. We cannot compartmentalize ourselves into symptoms. We are affected by everything we consume, interact with and experience. Energy and the conversion into various forms of energy is the foundation of science.
Naturopathic care is founded upon medical sciences. NDs take great pride in studying and applying the science of natural remedies to heal the body:
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Dietary nutrition and supplementation
- Lifestyle counseling (exercise, stress management, new habit formations)
- Botanical medicine
- Health psychology
- Physical manipulation
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
With all of our tools, most Naturopathic doctors will tell you there is nothing more valuable than having someone listen to you with an empathetic ear and give you actionable and practical health advice to build into your daily life. Nowhere else can you find an evidence-based practitioner with extensive safe and effective tools who practice patient-focused healthcare. Naturopathic doctors pride themselves on their high standards of client quality care, medical responsibilities and ethical conduct.