How do you know if naturopathic medicine is a good fit for you? Do you want your doctor to spend more time listening to you? Have you been told, “nothing more can be done for your condition”? Do you want to know about more options that enhance your health and overall well-being?
If so, then naturopathic medicine is likely a great option for you. Naturopathic Doctors believe that there is an underlying cause for why the body produces symptoms. By treating the cause, those symptoms improve and eventually resolve. The naturopathic treatment approach is based on the following core principles:
First Do No Harm
(Primum Non Nocere)
Naturopathic medicine utilizes therapies that work to enhance the body’s own physiology. When used correctly, these therapies are safe and effective.
Identify and Treat the Cause
Rather than eliminating or suppressing a symptom, it is necessary to identify and treat the underlying cause of presenting symptoms. For example, a fever is a sign of infection. Most of the time the fever doesn’t need to be suppressed. Instead, the body may need help fighting off the infection. High fevers can be a sign of a serious infection such as meningitis which is why it’s important to inform your doctor of an escalating fever before proceeding with treatment.
Doctor as Teacher
It is important for doctor’s to know the intention behind a treatment plan. It is just as important for patient’s to understand the intention behind each treatment plan. Naturopathic Doctors strive to educate patients in understanding their healing process and empower them to improve their health.
The Healing Power of Nature
(Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
When you cut your finger, you may apply pressure to stop bleeding or put a bandaid over it to keep it clean. For the most part, your body takes care of the rest of the healing process. Why is that? The body has an innate ability to heal itself. Similar to acute situations, like cutting a finger, the body is able to heal from chronic illness as well. The physician and patient’s responsibility is to help guide the body into the environment where healing can occur.
Treat the Whole Person
Human beings are complex. Oftentimes, there is more than one factor contributing to a patient's presenting symptoms. It is necessary to address mind, body, and spirit when assessing a whole individual.
Often when you get sick, there are factors that contributed to promoting the illness (i.e. stress, environmental exposures, poor sleep, nutrient deficiency, etc.). Naturopathic doctors are experts in educating on disease prevention.