What is Naturopathic Medicine?

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine can be described by the6 Principles of Naturopathy.

1. First do no harm

This is fairly self-explanatory. This phrase is credited to Hippocrates, master physician and author of the Hippocratic Oath, a promise which all conventional Doctors swore to at graduation, at least in the past.

2. The Healing Power of Nature

The body has inherent wisdom and the ability to heal itself. Everyone has cut themselves at some point and watched the body repair itself. The trick is to make sure the body is given the materials (i.e., nutrition) it needs to self-repair.

3. Identify and Treat the Causes

Conventional Medicine tends to focus on symptomatology. Think of symptoms as leaves on a tree. Naturopathy makes note of the leaves, then looks beyond them to the roots. Getting to the bottom of things or the root cause is the goal.

4. Your Doctor is your Teacher

Education is paramount if the patient is to understand his situation and what to do about it. It isn’t just about getting through the crisis at hand. It’s about changing behaviors to achieve and maintain good health in the long run.

5. Treat the Whole Person

You are not a gall bladder or an ulcer. You are SO much more than the sum of your parts. You are the integration of your Physical, Spiritual, and Emotional selves. They are all important components of your care.

6. Prevention

If you could avoid illness, you should. That’s what prevention is. The best way to accomplish this is to be mindful of daily habits; nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, sleep habits, etc.

Those individuals who knew me as their Primary Care Physician in the past will recognize that I naturally adhered to these tenets. I simply took the time over the past 5 years to obtain further training in various natural therapies.