Naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing processess through the use of natural therapies. Naturopaths implore a mind, body, and soul approach to healing which focuses on healing and treating the body as a whole with the least invasive methods possible.
The 6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
First Do No Harm
Core to all medical practice is the desire to help the human form and condition. Naturopaths typically approach care by utilizing the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies. Naturopaths will refer when the patient’s presentation is outside their scope or level of skill.
The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopaths recognize the value of our natural world in assisting the healing process. Not only do Naturopaths utilize substances that originate in nature, but they also incorporate a healthy natural environment as foundational to human health. Naturopaths recognize and harness the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself in order to guide patients to wellness and total health.
Identify and Treat the Causes
There is a time and place for symptom suppression, however most naturopathic patients will benefit from identifying the underlying causes of illness and removing obstacles to cure.
Doctor as Teacher
Naturopaths elevate patient health literacy. That means that Naturopaths are part of the team helping clients have a better understanding of what it takes to be and stay well. Through education and a trust-based relationship, clients better understand the steps they need to take to achieve and maintain health.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopaths understand the interconnectedness of our body, our environment and our lifestyle in total health. It is only through this whole-person-based approach that Naturopaths seek to restore balance and homeostasis.
Naturopathic medicine affirms that it is better to prevent illness and suffering whenever possible. Naturopaths combine all six principles in order to identify potential areas of imbalance and teach patients how to get well and stay well.