In short, naturopathic doctors or NDs design treatments that work with your vital force. Our patients’ mental, physical, and spiritual wellnesses are considered to create true healing systems that stimulate, increase, and support your body’s natural restorative abilities.
Naturopathic doctors are trained at accredited, four-year, post-graduate, residential medical programs. There, anatomy, cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, immunology, microbiology, physiology, pathology, clinical and physical diagnosis, and laboratory diagnosis, etc. are studied in academic and clinical settings. NDs are trained to perform diagnosis through physical exams, laboratory testing, gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, allergy testing, imaging, and other means. Naturopaths refer patients to other specialists and healthcare providers for diagnosis and treatment if and when needed.
NDs are experts in natural therapies and offer a wide range of treatment options including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, counseling, and additional disciplines or modalities like acupuncture and clinical hypnosis. NDs are aware of drug/nutrient and drug/herb interactions and ensure that natural treatments do not counter-act or cause harm
when combined with conventional treatments.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
This principal of Naturopathic Medicine refers to not only your body’s natural ability to heal itself, but also to natural remedies used to restore balance. Naturopathic medicine regards your body’s order and intelligence as a guide, and these do not exist in a vacuum. Herbs, Yoga, and even simple conversation are powerful, natural tools for healing.
Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
It is impossible to recover from an illness, if the underlying cause remains unaddressed. Communication is a key aspect of naturopathic treatment. An ND will work with you to understand why symptoms emerged. Treatment is never a means for suppressing symptoms. Instead, a naturopathic doctor will direct treatment toward the root cause of illness be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.
First Do No Harm (Primum No Nocere)
Naturopathic doctors follow three principles to avoid harming the patient. The first is to employ methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects. The second is to avoid the harmful suppression of symptoms. The third is to respect the individual’s healing process by using the least force necessary for diagnosis and treatment.
Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum)
NDs approach healing holistically. Poor health and wellness alike affect the functioning of all of your body’s systems. Disharmony and imbalance yield sickness, while harmony and balance yield wellness. Naturopathic doctors take a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment to ensure safe and effective healing.
The Physician as Teacher (Docere)
As teachers, NDs empower and motivate patients to take responsibility for their own health by engaging patients’ awareness of their own wellbeing. A naturopathic doctor will listen to and examine a patient carefully. Then, an ND can provide the patient with the knowledge needed to recognize imbalance and to bring about healthful change.
Prevention (The Best Cure)
The naturopathic focus is on building health, rather than fighting disease. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is sufficient for avoiding numerous health issues. Risks factors and heredity are also considered by NDs, and appropriate interventions are designed to prevent illness.
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