Naturopathic medicine is an emerging branch of medicine that addresses the epidemic of chronic disease. Here are some of the highlights of Naturopathic medicine as practiced by our physicians:
- Naturopathic medicine focuses on identifying and treating the underlying causes of disease.
- The individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices are considered.
- Physicians take the time to listen to, understand, and educate their patients.
- Physicians practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine while empowering patients to take an active role in their own health.
- Treatments are drawn from many disciplines, including traditional medicine, conventional medicine, functional medicine, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, pharmacology, homeopathy, psychology and spirituality.
- The treatment plan is developed for each person so they get the individualized they need and deserve.
The 6 Principles
The 6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine are the guiding principles for medical decision-making and patient care.
- FIRST DO NO HARM
- IDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSE
- THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE
- TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON
- DOCTOR AS TEACHER
FIRST DO NO HARM: Primum non nocere
Naturopatic doctors, utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, use the lease force necessary to diagnose and treat, and avoid the harmful suppression of symptoms by working with individuals’ self-healing process.
THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE: Vis medicatrix naturae
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON: Tolle totum
Treat the patient as a whole person with dynamic and multifaceted parts, i.e. physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, consider all parts when treating a person.
Naturopathic Therapeutic Order
The Therapeutic Order is a hierarchy that governs Naturopathic decision-making. Less severe ailments are treated with minimally invasive therapies to restore proper function, while serious conditions warrant more invasive procedures. This order ensures that our patients receive treatments that fit their ailments.
1. Remove Obstacles to the Cure
REMOVE OBSTACLES TO HEALTH
When health is disturbed by obstacles (pollution, imbalanced diet, stress, lack of sleep, etc.), this leads to a state of disease. The first step in returning back to the natural state of health is to remove the obstacle preventing balance in an attempt to change and improve the terrain in which the disease developed. This allows additional therapeutics to have the most beneficial effects possible.
2. Stimulate the Vis
3. Support Weakened or Damaged Systems
SUPPORT WEAKENED OR DAMAGED SYSTEMS
Naturopathic treatments target specific imbalanced systems such as the immune system, tissue toxicity, systemic inflammation, metabolic systems, hormonal regulation, emotional processing, in order to enhance regeneration and return to harmony throughout the mind/body whole.