What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is the treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders by natural means. Naturopathic doctors assess the whole person, taking into consideration physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Using a variety of treatment modalities, gentle, non-invasive techniques stimulate the body’s inherent healing capacity.
Because no two patients are the same, each person is treated with an individualized approach to their specific situation. Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine may use any of the following modalities as part of a treatment plan.
- Clinical Nutrition (including changes to your diet, or supplements)
- Botanical (herbal) Medicine (including teas, tinctures or pill-form)
- Homeopathic Medicine (these can be in the form of drops or pellets)
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (including Acupuncture, or herbal patents formulas)
- Physical Medicine (includes Naturopathic Manipulation or Bodywork)
- Counseling and stress-reduction/management.
The ND Philosophy:
Naturopathic Doctors guide their clinical decision-making with several principles. They include:
- First, do no harm.
- Respect and cooperate with the healing power of nature and the body.
- Educate patients about their bodies, their ‘disease’, & optimal health.
- Treat the root cause of illness, rather than suppressing symptoms.
- Treat the whole person, not just their disease.
- Focus on the prevention of disease by encouraging healthy lifestyles.