Naturopathy

What is Naturopathic Medicine?
“Nature is doing her best each moment to make us well.
She exists for no other end.
With the least inclination to be well, we should not be sick.”
Henry David Thoreau

Naturopathic medicine is a time-tested, effective, and gentle system of medicine that focuses on health promotion and the use of non-toxic natural therapies.  The roots of naturopathic medicine run deep, stemming from European, Indian, Chinese, Native American, African, and Greek healing traditions. The naturopathic physician sees the whole person relative to their external and internal environments.

Naturopathic medicine is based on 6 philosophical tenets:

1.  First, do no harm. Naturopathic physicians use the safest, most effective, and least intrusive therapies to reach wellness.

2. The healing power of nature. We recognize that there is innate healing wisdom within our own bodies.  Our job is to support the body’s ability to heal itself.

3. Treat the whole person. Naturopathic physicians understand that symptoms arise from imbalances in physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual bodies and work with patients on all these levels to promote deep healing.

4. Identify and treat the cause. Two patients may present with the same illness, but naturopathic physicians understand that they have developed the symptoms for different reasons and work on treating the patients with this in mind.  Suppressing symptoms does not address the cause of illness and is therefore avoided or minimized in our practice.

5. Doctor as teacher. The responsibility of the physician is to help the patient understand their body and provide them with the tools to affect their own health.

6. Prevention. The best medicine is to prevent disease from occurring by working holistically.  We will assess your risk factors based on genetics and environmental influence and help you take the most appropriate preventive measures.

Naturopathic physicians are transforming the health care system from disease management to health promotion.  When you work with a naturopathic physician, the above principles are all considered.

You can expect us to draw from the following healing modalities:
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physical Medicine
  • Minor Surgery
  • Counseling and Lifestyle Modification