What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is based on the understanding that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopaths teach their patients to use diet, exercise, herbal medicine, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies based on the latest evidence to enhance their bodies ability to ward off and combat disease.
Naturopathic physicians base their practice on five timeless principles founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence.
- Let nature heal. Our bodies have such a powerful, innate instinct for self-healing. By finding and removing the barriers to this self-healing, such as poor diet or unhealthy habits, naturopathic physicians can nurture this process.
- Identify and treat causes. Rather than cover up symptoms, they seek to find and treat the cause of these symptoms.
- Educate patients. Naturopathic medicine believes that we must be educators, as well as physicians. That’s why we teach our patients how to eat, exercise, relax and nurture themselves physically and emotionally. We also encourage self-responsibility and work closely with each patient to understand and learn what’s happening in their bodies.
- Treat the whole person. We are the sum total of all of our parts. We are not just High Cholesterol or a blocked Gallbladder. By understanding the events that have lead to the condition we can not only treat the condition but we can prevent it from happening again.
- Prevent illness. We have all inherited our genetic make up from our parents and this will greatly influenced our health. Reducing the likelihoods of passing on our disposition to the next generation, at the same time improving each persons quality of life.