Naturopathic Medicine:

An all-inclusive approach to health that addresses body, mind, and spirit. Naturopathic medicine addresses the root cause of a broad range of illnesses and ailments using non-toxic, safe, and effective natural therapies. Such therapies may include: 

  • Lifestyle counseling

  • Diet and exercise guidance

  • Stress management techniques

  • Education on how to use food as medicine

  • Homeopathy

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Herbal medicine

  • Supplement recommendations

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate this inherent self-healing process.

  • Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to eliminate or suppress symptoms.

  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:

    • Utilize methods and substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;

    • Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and

    • Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.

  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

  • Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account the whole person, including physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.

  • Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

 Reference: https://www.naturopathic.org/content.asp?contentid=59

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