What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct field within medicine that specializes in treating the whole body, via a combination of modalities including:
- Nutritional and Lifestyle Modification
- Botanical Medicine
- Physical Medicine
- Counseling and Stress Management
- Individualize clinical nutrition (vitamin, mineral, glandular supplementation)
These modalities are used to address the underlying causes of symptoms and disease by putting health back into the body allowing the body to return to a state of true health. We do not simply swap out pharmaceutical agents for “natural agents” trying to manage symptoms or dysfunctions, but strive for complete disease resolution. Treatment focuses on the individual person, not the disease so every “protocol” is specific to the person. The patient plays an active role in their health care and is expected to make the necessary changes to accomplish their return to health. Strict emphasis is on behavior change which focuses on lifestyle modifications including diet, exercise, stress management and sleep quality. When naturopathic functional medicine is prescribed, the side effects are seen as part of the outcome ie: the person may be following a protocol to lower cholesterol and the side effects are they lose body fat, lower their blood pressure and blood sugar. There are six principles that create the foundation of our philosophy and guide the naturopathic approach to health and healing.
Harness the Healing Power of Nature Naturopathic medicine harnesses the vast potential of nature’s medicines to stimulate your inherent healing power.
First Do No Harm Naturopathic Doctors choose remedies and therapies that are safe and effective.
Identify and Treat the Cause The primary goal of your Naturopathic Doctor is to identify and treat the underlying causes of your condition, not simply manage symptoms.
Treat the Whole Person Naturopathic Doctors have a vast understanding of how the physiology of the body works and why the body may be presenting with specific symptoms or diseases given the environment it has been in. Through this understanding an individualized treatment plan can be implemented to reverse the physiological changes that have occurred allowing the body to return to a state of health.
Educate Naturopathic Doctors educate you about your health and empower you with the tools to live in balance and to become a good steward of your own health.
Prevention Naturopathic Doctors emphasize the prevention of disease – assessing your risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with you to prevent illness.