What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that combines natural therapies with modern scientific research to promote holistic health and prevent disease. The philosophy is based on treating the person as a whole by looking at the mind, body and spirit, in order to find the root cause of illness.
Naturopathic medicine focuses on health promotion and disease prevention, as well as improving the quality of life for those with serious or life threatening illness.
Naturopathic Doctors can also complement and enhance health care services provided by other health care professionals, thus, providing the patient with a truly integrative form of health care that best suits your needs.
Treatment is based on the individual patient using naturopathic modalities, which include:
- Diet and lifestyle modifications
- Botanical medicine
- Clinical Nutrition
- Traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture
Which can be used alone, or along with care provided by your conventional medical doctor.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
First Do No Harm
Provide safe and effective health care, while minimizing the harmful side effects and risks.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Restore and support the powerful and inherent healing ability of your body, mind and spirit.
Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
The main goal is to determine and treat the underlying cause of dis-ease rather than simply managing and suppressing the symptoms.
Treat the Whole Person through Individualized Treatment
Each person is unique and therefore requires individualised care. Naturopaths look at the unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to illness, and customize their treatment protocols to the patient.
Doctor as Teacher
Educate, empower and support each individual through their journey to optimal health by sharing knowledge and encouraging individual responsibility for health.
Partner with each patient in order to assess risk factors and recommend appropriate interventions for maintain health and preventing illness.