WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary care medicine that focuses on prevention, wellness, and treating the whole person. Naturopathic medicine adheres to 6 principles.
These principles are:
The Healing Power of Nature
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself. This means that the body knows what it needs to function effectively even if we don't consciously recognize it.
For example: for most healthy people, when we fall and scrap our knee, the body goes about healing itself without any input on our part. Whether we think about it or not, the body creates the scab necessary for healing.
This is the healing power of nature and if there is nothing to create illness, the body always strives for wellness.
Identify and Treat the Causes
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
You may come to see the naturopathic doctor because you have a headache but we, as naturopathic doctors, see your headache as a symptom to be understood so that we can get rid of it permanently.
While you may wish for a natural alternative to aspirin to get rid of the headache, we'll seek for why you're having the headache in the first place.
First Do No Harm
Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
This speaks for itself.
If there is a way to bring about healing in a gentle effective way, then that is the way that a naturopathic doctor will choice first.
Doctor as Teacher
Educate clients/patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining good health.
Empower clients/patients to take total charge of their own health.
You are the best healer of your own body! You've lived with this illness/pain/disorder for a lot longer than you've seen doctors for it.
An educated client is an empowered client. It is the job of the naturopathic doctor to help you understand the importance of good health so that you strive for it as well.
Treat the Whole Person
View the body as an integrated whole in all of its physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions.
Human beings are so much more than flesh and bone. Our physical health affects our mental health and our emotions affects our well being.
If we only addressed the physical concerns of a client, we wouldn't be addressing the whole person.
Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure! It's a lot easier to maintain health than to create it.
With a focus on getting healthy and staying healthy, the naturopathic doctor seeks to save you from chronic illness and hefty hospital bills in the future!