The Healing Power of Nature – There is an inherent self-healing process in the body. Naturopathic Physicians (ND’s) identify and remove obstacles to this healing and recovery. Naturopathic discipline blends centuries old natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems; covering all aspects of family health, from prenatal to geriatric care.
First do no Harm – A Naturopathic Physician (ND) is a primary care general practitioner trained as an expert in natural medicine. Concentrating on the whole patient wellness – the medicine is tailored to the patient and emphasizes prevention.
Identify and Treat – Your ND attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient’s condition, rather than focusing solely on the symptomatic treatment. When appropriate, your ND cooperates with other branches of the medical sciences for diagnosis and/or treatment.
ND’s are committed to on-going scientific research and development. They incorporate modern methods that expand the understanding of mechanisms of natural healing and therapeutics. Ongoing research in immunology, diagnosis, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, psychology and other clinical sciences contribute to this diverse field.
How can it help you? – Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, both acute and chronic.
- Doctor as Teacher – help educate patients and encourage self responsibility for health.
- Treat the Whole Person – individuality counts. ND’s take into account, physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, as well as other factors.
- Clinical Nutrition – The cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. Food is used to maintain health and in some cases, treat illness. Research has shown food and supplements are effective, with fewer complications and less side effects.
- Homeopathy – A powerful system that is over 200 years old. Using herbs, plants, and over natural substances to enhance the immune system. Often works, in some conditions, when conventional medicine does not do well.
- Botanical Medicine – the use of plants and herbs in a safe and effective way. Many times, they are superior to synthetic drugs. Research and age old remedies from Europe and Asia, are often used.
- Physical Medicine – may include manipulation of muscles, bones, and spine. Heat and cold, gentle electrical impulses, ultrasound, hydrotherapy and exercise are also used.