Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. While the roots of naturopathic medicine date back to the 1890s, naturopathic medicine has witnessed a rapid increase in public interest in recent years as a result of the growing consumer movement to towards wellness and prevention.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) integrate centuries-old knowledge and a philosophy that nature is the most effective healer with current research on human health.
Naturopathic diagnosis focuses on identifying the underlying causes of disease, with therapies plans based on research in naturopathic medicine, conventional medicine, European complementary medicine, clinical nutrition, plant medicine homeopathy and psychology.
The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
First Do No Harm
Core to all medical practice is the desire to help the human form and condition. Naturopathic doctors use the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies. Naturopathic doctors will refer when the patient’s presentation is outside their scope or level of skill.
The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic doctors recognize the value of our natural world in assisting the healing process. Not only do Naturopathic doctors utilize substances that originate in nature, but they also incorporate a healthy natural environment as foundational to human health. Naturopathic doctors recognize and harness the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself in order to guide patients to wellness and total health.
Identify and Treat the Causes
There is a time and place for symptom suppression, however most naturopathic patients will benefit from identifying the underlying causes of illness and removing obstacles to cure.
Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic doctors elevate patient health literacy. That means that Naturopathic doctors are part of the team helping patients have a better understanding of what it takes to be and stay well. Through education and a trust-based relationship, patients better understand the steps they need to take to achieve and maintain health.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic doctors understand the interconnectedness of our body, our environment and our lifestyle on total health. It is only through this whole-person-based approach that Naturopathic doctors seek to restore balance and health.
Naturopathic medicine affirms that it is better to prevent illness and suffering whenever possible. Through their comprehensive practice, Naturopathic doctors combine all six principles in order to identify potential areas of imbalance and teach patients how to get well and stay well.