What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of health care that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) blend centuries-old knowledge and a philosophy that nature is the most effective healer.
The therapeutic modalities used in naturopathic medicine include nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, and aromatherapy. Naturopathic doctors integrate conventional, scientific, and empirical methodology with the ancient laws of nature.
What are the 6 Tenets of Naturopathic Medicine?
- First Do No Harm | Primum Non Nocere
- The Healing Power of Nature | Vis Medicatrix Naturae
- Discover and Treat the Cause, Not Just the Effect | Tolle Causam
- Treat the Whole Person | Tolle Totum
- The Physician is a Teacher | Docere
- Prevention | Praevenire
These are the principles by which our naturopathic doctors individualize their wellness plans.
What type of training do Naturopathic Doctors receive?
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) at an accredited institution are trained as primary care physicians. The training is 4 years of medical school after completing a Bachelor’s Degree. The curriculum is comparable to that of Medical Doctors (MDs) and Osteopathic Doctors (DOs). Where the training differs is that Naturopathic Doctors focus more time in the classroom and clinical setting on prevention and natural treatments of disease versus the pharmaceutical counterparts.
In licensed states, most NDs provide primary care through office-based private practice. Many receive additional training in areas such as midwifery, acupuncture, and Oriental medicine. Because NDs view natural remedies as complementary as well as primary, they cooperate with other medical professionals, referring patients to (and receiving patients from) conventional medical doctors, surgeons and other specialists when appropriate.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary care that addresses the root cause of illness or disease and promotes health and healing using natural therapies rather than simply treating or suppressing symptoms. Its primary goal is to enhance health and prevent disease. The focus is on the whole person, taking into account the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Naturopathic Medicine works to harmonize the inherent healing power in nature by supporting and stimulating the body’s ability to heal itself.
While naturopathic medicine can help to alleviate specific symptoms, NDs are primarily concerned with addressing the root cause of an illness: the focus is more on the why of a disease than the what.
- Botanical Medicine
o The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginnings of civilization and is the foundation of modem pharmacology. Plant substances from around the world are used for their healing effects and nutritional value
- Nutrition– Examines the relationship between diet and health
o This therapy will analyze and maximize the patient’s diet for proper bioavailability and utilization for optimal health. Specific diets may be recommended and treatments may include nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutraceuticals.
- Homeopathic Medicine– Based on the principle of “like cures like”
o Diluted amounts of natural substances are used to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities.
- Biotherapeutic Drainage- Is a philosophy and methodology of healing which has been practiced in Europe for more than 100 years. This is a wonderful, gentle but very deep acting modality of healing.
o The natural routes of elimination may not be active and functioning at all times leading to an unnatural accumulation of toxins. These toxins in the body may be considered to be the cause of many different symptoms and diseases. Your present health concerns may be a result of toxic accumulations in your tissues. The accumulation of toxins can be a factor in acute and chronic illness, genetic weaknesses, and chronic disease, creating blockages to therapeutic treatment.
o Drainage is the process of detoxifying the body by opening the routes of elimination and discharging the toxic accumulations. Drainage is involved not only in helping to eliminate toxic accumulation but also serves to stimulate the proper function of organs in order to improve the patient’s overall health.
o Drainage is essential in order to help restore your body and vitality to what you want it to be. That is why during the beginning treatments you receive at our office drainage remedies will often be used to start the process of cleansing and clearing your tissues of toxic accumulations which will help you on your path to a higher level of health.
Some of the conditions Naturopathic Medicine has been used for:
- Food Sensitivities
- Fatigue & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Cardiovascular Conditions
- Constipation, Diarrhea, Bloating, Gas
- GERD, Crohn’s, IBS / IBD
- Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne
- Cystitis, Prostatitis, Impotence
- Osteopenia, Osteoporosis
- Weight Management
- Hypoglycemia, Insulin Resistance, Diabetes
- Colds and Flu
- Ear, Sinus & Throat Infections
- Intestinal Upsets
- Promoting Breast Health
- Fibrocystic Breast Condition
- Enhancing Health during Pregnancy
- Fertility Issues
- PMS, Menstrual Problems, PCOS
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Uterine Fibroids
- Prostatitis, Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
Nervous System Conditions
- Anxiety, Depression
- Attention Deficit Disorder / Hyperactivity
- Mental or Emotional Stress
- Stress management