Naturopathy

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-harmFIRST 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.

IDENTIFYIDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSE: Tolle causum
Naturopathic doctors identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.


droppedImage-2jpgTHE 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.

droppedImage-4jpgTREAT 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.

 DOCTOR AS TEACHER: Docere
Educate patients on the process taking place in their bodies. Help teach them self-responsibility and what they can do to achieve and maintain health.

droppedImage-8jpgPREVENTION: Praevenire
Assess risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and make appropriate interventions in partnership with patients to prevent illness.


 

 

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

STIMULATE THE VIS (NATURAL HEALING POWER OF NATURE/THE BODY)
Use the healing power of nature to stimulate internal natural vitality. This creates homeostasis and balance between systems. An increase in vitality is an increase in health.

3. Support Weakened or Damaged Systems

droppedImage-13jpgSUPPORT 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.

 

 

 

4. Correct Structural Integrity

droppedImage-14jpgCORRECT STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY
Direct physical manipulation of muscle tissue and bone by methods including massage, muscle energy techniques, osseous manipulation, and other physical medicine modalities are used to strive for optimal structural function and comfort.

 

 

 

 

5. Prescribe Specific Natural Substances

droppedImage-9jpgPRESCRIBE SPECIFIC NATURAL SUBSTANCES
Stronger natural medicines are utilized to reverse specific disease states. Powerful botanicals, medicinal foods, directed vitamin/mineral supplementation, and other modalities are used to restore vitality.

 

 

6. Prescribe Pharamacological Substances

droppedImage-15jpgPRESCRIBE PHARMACOLOGICAL SUBSTANCES
Use pharmaceutical drugs to stall deep pathology when other methods are not feasible or imminent risk too great.

 

 

7. Use Surgery, Suppressive Drugs, Radiation, and Chemotherapy

droppedImage-10jpgUSE SURGERY, SUPPRESSIVE DRUGS, RADIATION, AND CHEMOTHERAPY
Use aggressive therapies as needed when gentler, natural therapies just aren’t enough for now.