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Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathy combines the art and science of diagnosis and treatment of the body’s imbalances or illnesses with the use of non-invasive natural healing modalities. Naturopathic doctors believe that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself. With the use of natural supplements and treatments, a naturopath helps the patient to regain health and balance in the body, mind and spirit.

There are six Principles of naturopathic medicine that all naturopathic doctors follow.
They are:

  1. Tolle Causum, which means treat the cause of disease. I like to use the analogy of a dandelion. If you want to get rid of the weed, you need to dig deep into the ground and remove the whole root. If you merely cut off the leaves, the root remains and the dandelion will grow back in no time. The same is true with disease. You need to treat the root cause and not just the symptoms. Symptomatic relief can act as a band-aid on the underlying problem. If the root cause of disease is alleviated, there is no need for the symptoms to stick around.
  2. Primum non nocere- First Do No Harm Naturopathic doctors use gentle techniques and remedies to allow the body to heal itself. For the most part, our treatments are non-invasive.
  3. Docere-Doctor As Teacher The naturopath acts as a teacher to the patient and helps them to understand their own body’s wisdom.
  4. Vis medicatrix Naturae-Support the healing power of nature Nature provides many healing qualities, which are harnessed by the naturopath and put into practical use for the patient.
  5. Treat the whole person -The naturopathic physician sees the patient as a whole and treats accordingly. The symptoms are merely one aspect of what is going on internally to cause disease. Every symptom is important to the naturopathic doctor, from what side you sleep on to the foods you crave. Symptoms in the body are often connected to each other even if seemingly unrelated. For instance the digestive system is connected to the skin and the skin is connected to the lungs. A toxic gastro-intestinal tract can be manifested in acne on the skin. To treat the whole person, both the skin and GI tract need to be addressed in the treatment protocol set out by the naturopath.
  6. Prevention -Prevention of disease is key in any situation and is taken very seriously by naturopathic practitioners. Serious and chronic disease usually manifests in a series of steps as one becomes more and more toxic. Symptoms that may seem unimportant to an untrained individual may be an indication of impending disease. If treated early enough, the toxicity can be reversed, preventing disease. For example, someone with skin tags and the inability to go for three hours without food before feeling faint may have early signs of diabetes. If the blood sugar and pancreatic issues are addressed early enough, this person need not develop diabetes.