Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Physicians Specialize in Natural Medicine

As Naturopathic Doctors, we are licensed primary care physicians trained in prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of acute and chronic health conditions. We are trained at an accredited four-year, post-graduate, residential naturopathic medical program. We receive over 1,100 hours of clinical training managing patient health care and are required to pass extensive

post-graduate board exams in order to obtain our medical license. Although naturopathic doctors can perform minor surgery and prescribe prescription medications, our main emphasis involves using more natural therapies. Our approaches are guided by our naturopathic principles, which are described in detail below.


The Guiding Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

From the AANP’s definition of naturopathic medicine:

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae):

Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person, which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process..

Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam):

The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere):

Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
1. Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
2. Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms;
3. Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual’s self-healing process.

Doctor as Teacher (Docere):

Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat the Whole Person:

Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.

Prevention:

Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease -assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

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