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Naturopathic medicine combines modern scientific advances with traditional healing arts to provide you with high quality solutions to your health needs.
Naturopathic Doctors are highly educated primary health care providers. They take the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of each patient into account to develop individualized treatment plans. Naturopathic doctors practice the following fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine:
- First Do No Harm
- Co-operate with the healing powers of nature
- Identify and Treat the Cause
- Treat the Whole Person
- Doctor as Teacher
First Do No Harm
Emphasis of treatment is on gentle non-invasive therapies. Recommended natural treatments minimize the risk of side effects and avoid harmful suppression of symptoms. Note that the word “natural” does not imply safety. Even so-called “natural” products can be harmful if used incorrectly. It is essential to consult with your health care provider in the use of natural substances.
Co-operate with the healing powers of nature
Your body has the innate ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine, by definition, means cooperating with its ability and involves the use of natural therapies to support the body as it heals itself.
We can also look to nature for clues that will assist us in supporting our natural healing abilities. If you have ever watched a cat eating its dinner, you might have observed that it never eats and drinks at the same time. Studies of humans suggest that drinking while eating can lead to digestive difficulties and decreased nutrient absorption – a simple lesson that could be learned by observing nature.
Identify and Treat the Cause
We are accustomed to asking “how did I get this?” or “why do I have these symptoms?” Instead of focusing on such questions alone, your naturopathic physician will guide you in a deeper search for the answer to the question “What are these symptoms trying to tell me?” Symptoms are an expression of illness. They are not the cause of illness. Rather than suppressing symptoms, a naturopath strives to determine their underlying cause. The cause may be due to diet, lifestyle, postural habits or mental / emotional history. All these factors must be balanced in the pursuit of wellness.
Treat the Whole Person
A single elbow, a lone liver, or just a digestive tract will never on its own, seek medical care. Thus, naturopaths do not treat a single body part but will consider all factors: physical, genetic, mental, social and environmental. Looking at your entire health history – past and present – they piece together your unique story and create a treatment program which addresses all aspects of your health.
Doctor as Teacher
You should leave your naturopath’s office knowing more than when you entered. The role of the naturopathic physician is to empower and facilitate you in taking responsibility for your own health.
Living in a reactionary society, we have become accustomed to waiting until discomfort arises before beginning treatment. The ultimate goal of any health care system should be maintenance of health and prevention of illness. Your naturopath teaches prevention, guiding you in the path to optimal wellness.