What is Naturopathic Medicine?
A clinical diagnosis is usually just a symptom of something greater going on in the body. Aiming to understand the root cause of the disease, naturopathic medicine focuses not on the diagnosis, but the mental, emotional and physical blockages that cause a person to move away from their optimal health. Using therapies including botanicals, nutrient therapy, homeopathic, nutrition, hydrotherapy and lifestyle management, naturopathic medicine treats person as an individual.
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The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
First Do no harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Naturopathic Doctors always aim to use non-invasive treatment methods, with the safety of the patient first and foremost.
Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum)
Our body systems are all integrated and work in sync with one another. Disease never occurs in isolation in the body, and if dysfunction is showing up in one area, imbalances will also be found in many other body and hormonal systems as well. Treating the person as a whole takes into account their physical, mental, emotional health, as well as genetic, environmental and social factors, which also contribute to a persons state of health.
Identify & Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
When you want to eliminate a weed, you must pull it out by its root, or it is bound to come back. Identifying the causes rather than solely treating the symptoms is what makes Naturopathic Medicine such a powerful tool. By addressing and removing the underlying triggers, you are not only able to eliminate symptoms, but restore the body back to its natural healthy state.
Good health does not just mean the current absence of disease. By focusing on preventative medicine, patients are encouraged to make life long changes and improve the quality of their life, not just for themselves but for the families and loved ones.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Our bodies are ingenious and have brilliant inbuilt mechanisms to heal. When you remove the obstacles a person is experiencing, whether mental, emotional or physical, you can tap into the bodies infinite potential and create an internal environment conducive to healing. Botanical or plant-based medicine and hydrotherapy (using water and temperature to assist in healing) are two examples of using nature to help heal the body. When we live in synchronicity with nature, we live our best lives.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
The origin of the word doctor is teacher. One of the key roles of Naturopathic Medicine is to empower the patient and put their health and well-being into their own hands.