Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. It is the art and science of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease using natural therapies with a focus on optimizing health and well-being through individualized patient care and public education.
The Guiding Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
1. Primum non nocere; first, do no harm.
Use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness. The utilization of methods and medicinal substances with the least risk for harmful side effects. The prescription of safe and effective remedies that avoid the harmful suppression of symptoms and respect the natural self-healing processes of the body.
2. Vis medicatrix naturae; work with the healing power of nature.
Working to restore and support the powerful and inherent self-healing capability of the body, mind and spirit to bring the body back into balance and prevent further disease.
3. Tolle causum; identify and treat the cause.
The primary goal of naturopathic medicine is to determine and treat the underlying cause of illness rather than simple management or suppression of the symptoms. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body's natural attempt to heal itself. Whereas, the underlying cause may be due to diet, lifestyle habits, life events, physiological imbalances, or environment.
4. Docere; doctor = teacher.
Educate and assist patients in understanding health and illness with an appreciation of the factors that affect health. Knowledge is power, and it is with this knowledge that Naturopathic Medicine encourages self-responsibility so that you can find your own balance and become more capable of maintaining a higher level of well-being.
5. Treat the whole person.
Disease affects the entire person, not just a specific organ or system. In treating the cause of any condition, Naturopathic Medicine takes into account not only your physical symptoms, but also mental, emotional, social, environmental, genetic, spiritual and other factors as well. Each person is unique with their own set of personal factors affecting their health. Naturopathic Medicine offers individualized care tailored to each person's special needs.
6. Health promotion is the best prevention.
Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes healthy lifestyle habits, assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and suggests appropriate interventions to prevent illness. Health is more than just the absence of disease. Health entails daily functioning on the highest possible levels, and is obtained by proper nutrition, exercise, a balanced lifestyle, positive emotions, thoughts, and actions. The capacity for optimal wellness or improved quality of life is inherent in every body.
Naturopathic Treatment Methods
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
The use of acupuncture, diet and traditional botanical formula from an Eastern philosophical perspective for the treatment of diverse conditions. Includes tongue and pulse diagnosis with special attention to one's Qi - vital force.
The use of herbal preparations such as tinctures, infusions, salves, and ointments, as single herbs or in combination, to promote healing and support greater well-being.
Dietary assessment, counseling and supplementation for health promotion as well as disease treatment and prevention.
A treatment modality that uses minute doses of plant, animal and mineral substances according to the Law of Similars, as first described by Samuel Hahnemann. An especially safe treatment option for pregnant women and children.
The application of hot and cold water to affect physiological processes and stimulate the inherent self-healing capability of the body.
Disease Prevention and Lifestyle Modification
Assessment of risk factors for disease and the application of programs to modify unhealthy habits/ behaviour, emphasizing self-responsibility for one's health.