Why Naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is the integration of ancient wisdom and modern medicine. Naturopathic doctors could be described as "modern day medicine men", who blend natural therapies with up-to-date research to promote the body's innate natural healing process.
Naturopathic doctors are trained to be primary care physicians. They, like medical doctors, focus on diagnostics but they also concentrate on whole-patient wellness. NDs, Naturopathic Doctors, recognize that each person is unique, and therefore, create individualized treatment plans to increase success. NDs diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions while optimizing overall health. Through naturopathic medicine a higher quality of life can be achieved.
THE SIX GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEdicine
1. First do no harm - primum No Nocere
The therapies used are nontoxic, noninvasive, and effective. These natural modalities include but are not limited to physical medicine, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, counseling, hydrotherapy, Chinese medicine, environmental medicine / detoxification, and lifestyle education.
2. The Healing Power of Nature - vis medicatrix naturae
The human body possesses an innate power to heal itself. This ability to heal is what allows our body's to withstand daily life stressors, however, the choices we make and the environment we live in can create a burden that depresses our system allowing for diseases to thrive. It is the role of a naturopathic doctor to help make our bodies become an optimal environment to promote the body's innate natural healing process.
3. Identify and Treat the Cause - tolle causam
The physician, through thorough evaluation, must find and treat the root cause of a disease. Suppressing the symptoms without treating the underlying cause can lead to further harm. If a fire occurs in a building and the fire alarm sounds... what good would it do to just shut off the alarm? Symptoms such as fevers, occur for a reason; just treating the fever does not solve the problem!
4. Treat the Whole Person - tolle totum
It is essential to consider the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies, which make up the whole person and make that person unique. By examining every aspect of the whole patient, a treatment plan can be formulated to meet an individual's health care needs.
5. The Physician is a Teacher - docere
Naturopathic Doctors are responsible to educate their patients about their health status and what they can do to create a healthier lifestyle that is right for them. This education and partnership empowers patients to become involved in their own health care decisions, which motivates them to take responsibility for their health.
6. Prevention is better then cure - praevenire
Naturopathy emphasizes prevention and self-care. NDs take the time to teach healthy diet and lifestyle to their patients so that their patients have the tools to protect against preventable diseases like hypertension and diabetes.