Naturopathic medicine gives answers to people with chronic illness and ways to prevent the start of illness. There is another way to look at your health. If you understand the imbalance and understand the cause, you can be an informed occupant and transform how your body works in todays world. Today's medical model is great at putting out fires in the body after disease has set in. We find the cause of your illness or imbalance through questions, physical examination and lab testing and equip you with lifestyle and vitality improving treatments to get you back to a healthier you.
In reality, we're either moving toward illness or toward health. If we keep the body in balance for most of our lives then we can reduce or even eliminate chronic illness. I look at the patient like a puzzle to find the weakest link and focus accordingly so that symptoms are reduced or eliminated and a feeling of balance is achieved.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Naturopathic Medicine acknowledges and respects the intelligence of nature in the healing process. The Naturopathic Doctor, then, works to support this creative action by removing obstacles from its path, emphasizing healthy internal and external environments, and stimulating the body's own healing wisdom.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
Recurrent symptoms are interpreted as expressions of the body's attempt to heal itself. As such, they are traced back to a cause or an underlying imbalance in the individual. The Naturopathic Doctor aims to understand and address the cause of symptoms and is not happy to simply suppress them.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
To avoid harming the patient, Naturopathic Physicians strive to intervene as little as possible in the diagnosis and treatment of illness. They like to use gentle methods and substances in restoring health. They avoid the suppression of symptoms since this most often interferes with the healing process and, of course, they work with rather than against the self-organizing momentum of living systems.
Doctor As Teacher (Docere)
Education is integral to the individual's path of healthy being and becoming. The Naturopathic Physician likes patients/clients to assume responsibility for their own health. They work to increase awareness of environmental (food, air, water), psychological and other forces that influence well-being.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathy recognizes that all aspects of being affect our health. Our wellness is the symphonic effect of mental, emotional, environmental, genetic, social, physical and other forces. In this context of wholeness, Naturopathic Physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal and spiritual development. The unique patterns that mould each individual play a significant role in diagnostic and treatment programs.
Naturopathic Medicine studies health as well as illness. Besides treating illness then, Naturopathy aims to maintain states of well-being and so prevent the onset of illness. They assess risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease in order to design, together with the individual, programs for prevention. Naturopathic Doctors understand that we cannot be healthy in an unhealthy environment.
Biological Medicine is a system that incorporates both conventional and naturopathic principles. Its therapies and strategies include acupuncture, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, acid base balance and nutrition and food sensitivities while searching for hidden sources of toxicities, infections and weakness in the immune system.
Diagnostic devices such as Biological Terrain assessment, live blood analysis, heavy metal testing through provocative testing, chronic dental problems and heart rate variability can point to imbalances in the body that weaken the systems defences.
Using specific detoxification nutrients, herbs, homeopathics, and mora (see therapeutic devices) can drain the body's burden from these and restore the immune system to support the person.