Naturopathic Medicine is a system of medicine that approaches the body as a whole, interconnected being. It is based on the premise that the body has the innate ability to heal.
A Naturopathic Doctor works to find the underlying cause of dysfunction or disease and uses natural therapies to help the body reverse the disease process so that you can regain and achieve optimal health. Naturopaths work in conjunction with your licensed doctor in order to provide complementary natural therapies to the treatments that your doctor recommends.
First Do No Harm- primum non nocere
A guiding principle that teaches us to use therapies that do not cause more harm. The intention of natural therapies is to stimulate the body’s own ability to heal.
Treat the Cause- tolle causam
It’s important to understand and address the underlying root cause in order to successfully heal the patient and prevent recurrences.
Treat the Whole Person- tolle totum
It is vital to address the whole person – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Disease or ill health affects the whole person and therefore the whole person must be addressed when reversing disease.
Doctor as Teacher- docere
The term ‘Doctor’ comes from the Latin word “Docere” which means “to teach”. Naturopathic doctors utilize docere to help our clients understand what is happening in their body and the steps that need to be taken to regain health.
The Healing Power of Nature- vis medicatrix naturae
The body has the innate ability to heal and restore balance. It is the doctor’s role to utilize therapies that are in line with nature to simulate this innate healing power within us.
Prevention is the Best Cure
Naturopathic doctors strive to help their patients understand and implement lifestyle choices and health practices in order to prevent disease or recurrences of disease.