What Is Naturopathic Medicine?

 

MH medicinaryNaturopathic medicine is a philosophy of medicine that focuses on supporting and restoring the body’s innate healing mechanisms. Naturopathy considers the whole person when treating specific conditions. The aim is to diagnose and treat the root of the problem and bring the body into balance for sustainable wellness. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes treating disease by supporting and enhancing the inherent healing power of the body.  Naturopathic doctors employ many different modalities including botanical medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplementation, and intravenous nutrition.

Naturopathic doctors are guided by Six Principles to aid them in their clinical practices and in their owns lives.
  • First do no harm: utilize the most natural, least invasive, and least toxic therapies.
  • The healing power of nature: trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
  • Treat the whole person: Consider the body as an integrated system.
  • Identify and treat the root cause: Look beyond the symptoms to identify the underlying cause.
  • Doctor as teacher: Educate patients in the steps necessary to achieve and maintain their health
  • Prevention is the best cure: Focus on overall health, wellness, and disease prevention.

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