Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. My job, and the job of all Naturopathic doctors (NDs) is to then support the body’s natural ability to heal and remove any obstacles that are getting in the way.
- We often teach our patients to use nutrition, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off, combat disease and heal from disease.
- We view the patient as a complex, interrelated system (a whole person), not as a single clogged artery or a tumor.
- Naturopaths craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.
As Naturopathic doctors, we base our practice on six timeless principles founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence.
- First, do no harm.
- Let nature heal. Our bodies have a powerful, innate instinct for self-healing. I work to find and remove obstacles to cure and nurture the body as it works to heal itself.
- Identify and treat causes. The body sends us symptoms as signals that something is not right. If we ignore or suppress those symptoms the more severe they will get. By addressing the root cause of an illness, I work remove symptoms entirely, not just palliate them.
- Educate patients. The doctor patient relationship is strong partnership. I work to empower my patients to take charge of their own wellbeing. As needed, will teach you what is causing your illness and how my treatment plan addresses your individual situation. It is vital that everyone learn how to eat, exercise, relax and nurture themselves physically and emotionally.
- Treat the whole person. We each have a unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, sexual and spiritual makeup. My carefully tailored treatment strategies address all these factors affect our health.
- Prevent illness. Proactive medicine saves money, pain, misery and lives. I evaluate risk factors, heredity and vulnerability to disease. By supporting greater wellness, there is less need for treatment of future illness.
For a more in depth discussion please see my blog post on just this question.