“As a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, I’m dedicated to shifting the power back to my patients.” – Dr. Sara
People all over the world are benefiting from naturopathic medical care and the number of Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) is growing at record rates.
Naturopathic Doctors focus on treating the whole person based on their specific physiological, environmental, psychological, and lifestyle conditions. Treatment plans are developed based on patient concerns, health history, family history, and cutting edge laboratory testing.
We combine the wisdom of nature with the innovation of modern science.
Naturopathic Doctors are licensed health care professionals that play an important role in treating MANY medical conditions, such as:
- allergies and food sensitivities or intolerances
- hormonal imbalances
- depression and anxiety
- chronic fatigue and adrenal fatigue
- obesity and weight problems
- digestive disorders (IBS, Crohn’s/Colitis)
- skin problems
- cardiovascular diseases
6 Underlying Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The following six principles make Naturopathic Medicine different from all other medical approaches.
1) First do no harm: Primum Non Nocere
Illness is a purposeful process of the organism. The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms which are, in fact, an expression of the human body attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with the healing process of nature.
The physician’s actions can support or antagonize the actions of the vis mediatrix naturae — the healing power of Nature. Therefore, methods designed to suppress symptoms without removing the underlying causes are considered harmful and to be avoided or minimized.
2) The healing power of nature: Vis Mediatrix Naturae
The body has an inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is intelligent. The physician’s role is to facilitate this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to establish or restore a healthy internal and external environment.
3) Identify and treat the cause: Tolle Causam
Illness does not occur without cause. Naturopathic Doctors work to discover the underlying causes of disease. ND’s believe that the cause must be identified before a person can recover completely from illness.
Since symptoms are the body’s way of attempting to heal, they should not be suppressed by treatment. The physician must evaluate fundamental underlying causes on all levels, directing treatment at root causes rather than at symptomatic expression.
4) Heal the whole person: Tolle Totum
Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, a whole involving the complex interaction of many factors. Naturopathic Doctors must treat the whole person by taking these factors into account.
True health requires a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Each person is unique and requires individualized care. In treating the cause of any condition, a Naturopathic Doctor takes into account not only the patient’s physical symptoms, but also mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.
Disease affects the entire person, not just a specific organ or system. As ND’s, we address nutritional status, daily lifestyle, family history, environmental factors, emotions, and physical health carefully.
5) The physician as teacher: Docere
A cooperative doctor-patient relationship has inherent therapeutic value. The physician’s major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for their own health.
The physician is a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not the doctor, who ultimately creates/accomplishes healing.
Teaching with hope, knowledge, and understanding, the physician acts to enable patients to heal.
I provide my patients with an understanding of the factors that affect their health and help them balance and become more capable of maintaining their own health.
6) Prevention: Prevention is the best cure
The ultimate goal of any healthcare system should be prevention of disease. As an ND, I provide education, support, and teach my patients how to achieve better health.
Health is more than just the absence of disease. It’s feeling better than you ever thought was possible!