Naturopathic Health care
Naturopathic health care is a distinct practice of medicine unifying the scientific advancements of modern medicine with the wisdom of safe, effective and alternative approaches to healing. Naturopathic doctors are trained as general practitioners at accredited graduate-level institutions to diagnose and treat a myriad of acute and chronic conditions while simultaneously educating and empowering their patients in disease prevention and wellness.
One of the hallmarks in the naturopathic approach is rooted in the partnership between the patient and doctor. Together, they seek to understand the underlying causes of dysfunction or dis-ease in order to guide the development of personalized treatment plans that support the individual’s inherent self-healing process.
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE
The healing power of nature is often referred to as the vital force or vis and is inherent to all living organisms. It is recognized as an innate and intelligent self-organizing healing process, enabling the body to heal itself given the right circumstances. Naturopathic doctors seek to understand the nature of imbalance inhibiting healing and recovery, thereby educating and empowering their patients to remove obstacles to health and establish a foundation upon which individuals can thrive.
TREAT THE WHOLE
Health is multifactorial and a culmination of genetic and environmental factors impacting our physical, mental, emotional, sociocultural, and spiritual well-being. Since total health includes spiritual health, naturopathic doctors encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
FIRST DO NO HARM
Naturopathic doctors are committed to using the least force necessary to diagnose disease and promote wellness while also applying various treatment approaches that minimize the risk of harmful side effects. Aligned with a respect for the innate and self-healing process of the individual, naturopathic doctors seek to avoid the harmful suppression of symptoms, and instead seek to understand the root cause of symptoms.
TREAT THE CAUSE
Naturopathic doctors seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
DOCTOR AS TEACHER
The word ‘doctor’ originates from the Latin verb, docere, meaning ‘to teach.’ Naturopathic doctors recognize the therapeutic potential of the patient-doctor relationship as they educate and guide their patients in becoming active participants in their own health.
Naturopathic doctors emphasize disease prevention by assessing individual risk factors, hereditary susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness and restore health.