What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a form of medical care that focuses on using the body's own natural healing powers to achieve optimal health. It is science-based, holistic health care that specializes in preventive medicine and non-toxic therapies. The overall goal is to treat each person on an individual basis, and to uncover and heal the cause of their disease, rather than just treat or suppress symptoms. Naturopathic medicine uses the strong connection between mind and body as a means for treating the whole person, not just individual symptoms. Naturopathic doctors cooperate with all other branches of medical science, and will refer patients to other practitioners when appropriate. Naturopathic medicine can be used in conjunction with conventional western medicine. Often it is a balance between the two that one needs in order to feel well.

Naturopathic medicine is based on the following principles:

The Healing Power of Nature

The body has the inherent ability to heal itself and to restore health, as well as ward off disease. The physician's role is to facilitate and help this process.

First Do No Harm

The physician must be mindful of consequences or side effects of treatment. The more gentle the therapy, the less disruptive it is to the patient on the whole.

Identify and Treat the Cause

Symptoms are signals that the body is out of balance. When only symptoms are treated, the underlying cause remains. Treating the cause can prevent more serious, chronic conditions.

Doctor as Teacher

The physician is a facilitator in the healing process with responsibility to educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health. This relationship has inherent therapeutic value.

Treat the Whole Person

We look at mental and emotional, as well as physical, symptoms in treating patients. Environmental, genetic and social factors are also taken into consideration.

Prevention

Health is a reflection of how we choose to live. The physician helps patients recognize how their choices affect health, assesses hereditary risk factors, and makes appropriate interventions to prevent illness.