Naturopathic medicine is:
a unique approach to healing that recognizes the body's ability to heal and considers the body as a whole, rather than by individual systems. Naturopathic medicine uses herbal remedies, individualized nutrition, health coaching and lifestyle modifications, and many other tools to assist in improving people's lives.
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
1. First Do No Harm
Naturopathic doctors prefer non-invasive treatments, which minimize the risks of harmful side effects. They are trained to know which clients they can help safely and which ones they need to refer to traditional medical doctors. Naturopathic doctors are well trained in herbal remedies and potential drug-herb interactions.
2. The Healing Power of Nature
God designed the human body and mind to maintain and restore health. Naturopathic doctors work to restore and support these systems when they have broken down by using herbal remedies, nutrition, and other techniques that are in harmony with natural processes.
3. Identify and Treat the Cause
Every illness has an underlying cause, often in aspects of the lifestyle, diet, or habits of the individual. Naturopathic doctors are trained to find and remove the underlying cause of a disease.
4. Treat the Whole Person
Health or disease comes from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle and other factors. Naturopathic doctors consider the whole person while taking these factors into account.
5. Preventive Medicine
The naturopathic approach to healthcare can prevent minor illnesses from developing into more serious or chronic degenerative diseases. Patients are taught the principles with which to live a healthy life and, by following these principles, they can decrease the chance of developing chronic disease.
6. Doctor as Teacher
'Doctor' comes from the Latin word docere, which means 'teacher.' A key aspect of naturopathic medicine is to educate the client and emphasize self-responsibility for health. Naturopathic doctors also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-client relationship.