Naturopathic medicine is a science-based tradition that promotes wellness by identifying the unique aspects of each patient and then employing non-toxic natural therapies to restore his or her physiological, psychological, and structural balance.
How can Naturopathy benefit you?
Naturopathic practitioners are often successful at treating chronic conditions that don't respond to conventional medicine. This includes, but is not limited to: hormonal imbalances, food intolerances, sleep disturbance, and digestive disorders. We are able to respond to the individual needs of patients and develop a treatment plan that includes nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, and diet therapy.
We understand the art of healing, which is more than dispensing an herbal remedy or nutritional supplement. To understand the context of a patient's illness, we must take the time to listen to the patient's story. Effective naturopathic treatment requires patience and good communication. Most patients know what is wrong and what needs to be done, but they don't know how to translate this into an action plan.
The naturopathic practitioner can translate the patient's story and assign priorities among the several options that may emerge. They also take time to answer the patient's questions.
Discover the 6 Naturopathic Medicine principles and how they relate to your health and wellness
"First do no harm"
A naturopathic treatment plan uses therapies that are gentle, non-invasive, effective, and do not have adverse side effects. A conscious effort is made to use methods that do not suppress symptoms.
"Treat the whole person"
Naturopaths identify specific weaknesses or dysfunctions and tailor treatment based upon your individual presentation. You are in need of treatment, not the disease state or symptom. We are interested in finding and treating characteristic symptoms that define you rather than common symptoms that define the disease. William Osler, MD, once said, "It is more important to know what sort of patient has a disease rather than what sort of disease a patient has."
"The Healing Power of Nature"
Your body has an inherent ability to maintain and restore health.As naturopaths, we facilitate this healing process by removing obstacles and identifying treatments to enhance healing.
"Identify and Treat the cause"
Naturopaths treat the underlying causes of illness rather than just the symptoms of disease. Symptoms are an external manifestation of an internal imbalance due to any combination of physical, mental, or emotional causes. Symptom management may be important, but it is more important not to disregard the underlying cause of disease.
"Doctor as a teacher"
The Latin root of doctor is docere, which means "to teach." Our primary role as naturopaths is educating, empowering, and motivating you to assume more personal responsibility for your health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle, and diet. Thomas Edison once said, "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest patients in the maintenance of the human frame, in diet, and in the prevention of disease." It is more effective to teach than treat patients.
"Prevention is better than cure"
It is far easier and cheaper to prevent a disease than to treat a disease. Naturopathic practitioners evaluate both subjective and objective information necessary to uncover potential susceptibilities to future disease states in their patients. They can discuss specific lifestyle strategies or nutritional supplementation as a means for disease prevention.