What is Naturopathic Medicine?
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous" -Aristotle
I have always been fascinated by the profound intelligence in the structure of nature. Our bodies reflect this beautiful harmony and wisdom through the self-healing processes that keep us alive and well.
Nature has provided us with the best medicine. Over 50% of pharmaceuticals are derived from natural sources -- I find these natural forms (high quality, used properly) are much more effective and are generally better tolerated. (1)
The beauty of nature is everywhere.
Naturopathic Medicine recognizes the intelligence that exists in nature to encourage healing. Naturopathic Philosophy is based off of six principles. These principles are taught to us at the start of medical training, well before our education in higher force therapies such as Pharmacology and minor surgery.
The healing power of nature
Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. The doctor's role is to support this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to support the conditions to achieve optimal health.
First do no harm
Utilize the most natural, and least toxic therapies that will effectively help the patient.
Identify and treat the cause
Illness does not occur without cause. Look beyond the symptoms to treat the underlying cause in order to help a person reach true recovery.
Treat the whole person
Health and disease exist in a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors. Proper medicine will take all these factors into account.
Focus on health and wellness, and disease prevention.
The physician as teacher
Naturopathic doctors believe in the value of educating patients on the steps to achieving and maintaining health as it is the patient who ultimately accomplishes healing.