Naturopathic medical training is rooted in conventional medical knowledge, with a primary focus on a holistic medical model to address the cause and make patient treatment individualized. It is a unique approach in the amount of time spent with each patient, as well as an advanced knowledge of botanical medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, intravenous nutrient therapy, exercise therapeutics, and lifestyle modification.
For patients looking to incorporate natural medicine into their life, naturopathic doctors are highly skilled in finding the most effective natural treatments for both acute and chronic conditions. It will save money and time sifting through information about supplements that may not end up giving patients the results hoped for. Also, just because it’s natural does not mean its safe. Patients should have a natural medicine practitioner who understands how to work with conventional medications and as well as the individual.
The basic tenets of Naturopathic Medicine:
First do no harm
Our job as doctors is to treat the patient’s condition using the least invasive methods possible. Our goal is to work with the healing capabilities of the body, not to suppress the symptoms. Suppression does not resolve the problem, but can prolong its duration and possibly enhance its severity.
Look to the healing power of nature
This statement not only refers to the healing power of botanicals, homeopathy, and nutrition, but to the human body which has its own innate healing abilities when obstacles are removed.
Find and address the cause
A naturopathic doctors job is to find the root cause of the patient’s imbalance and to work towards a resolution.
Treat the whole person
Humans are a complex being that have spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical characteristics that are unique to each individual. This is why we individualize the treatment for each patient, based on their unique constitution.
Prevention is a concept that needs to be lived every day. Our job is to teach and support this process to avoid the development of future acute or chronic disease.
Doctor as teacher
We want to teach patients to be their own healthcare provider. Being a doctor is the study of a very complex language and how it applies to the body. However no matter how much education we have, no one can know anothers body better than the individual. The doctor-patient relationship is a reciprocal one; we learn as much from our patients as they hopefully learn from us.