Naturopathic medicine is a centuries-old system of health care with a holistic approach to addressing the underlying imbalances that lead to illness. Translated literally, ‘naturopathy’ means treating disease and suffering with natural means.
Naturopathic medicine combines safe and effective natural therapies with the most current advances in modern science. Naturopathic doctors (ND’s) seek to restore and maintain optimum health in their patients by supporting the body’s inherent self-healing process.
ND’s work in collaboration with all other branches of medical science and will refer patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
The following principles are the foundations of naturopathic medicine:
First Do No Harm
Naturopathic doctors utilize methods and medicinal substances that minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat. They avoid whenever possible the harmful suppression of symptoms and acknowledge, respect, and work with the individual’s self-healing process.
The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in each person. They nurture this process by removing obstacles to recovery and implementing therapies that support or enhance healing.
Identify and Treat the Cause
Naturopathic doctors seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness. They understand the importance of treating the root cause of disease, rather than suppressing symptoms.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic medicine considers the unique physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors that contribute to a person’s state of health.
Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Prevention is the Best Medicine
Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors and recommending appropriate interventions to maintain health and prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine is committed to the creation of a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.