Naturopathic Medicine: Principles and Practice
Naturopathic Doctors are trained to practice as primary care physicians in both conventional and natural methods to treat disease. Natural methods include dietary modifications, lifestyle interventions, botanical medicine, physical medicine, minor surgery, nutritional supplements, IV therapy, and counseling. The following principles from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians guides treatment decisions:
- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that 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:
- Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
- Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
- Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ 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 by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
Naturopathic Doctors typically spend a longer amount of time with their patients than conventional doctors. Initial visits are often an hour or more and follow ups are 30 minutes to an hour on average. This greater amount of time allows for a healing relationship to develop between the doctor and patient, and allows time to discover the root cause of the disease rather than to simply provide palliation of symptoms.
What conditions do you treat?
Naturopathic medicine focuses on treating the individual as a whole person (body, mind, and spirit) and seeks to find the root cause of the disease or symptom. Therefore, it would be erroneous of us to state that we treat "xyz" symptoms or disease because we treat people. Whatever the ailment, we will work with you to optimize your health and increase your resilience to dis-ease.
Here is a list of just a few symptoms and conditions that naturopathic medicine can help you with. This list is not all inclusive nor exhaustive. Feel free to ask us about problems that you are experiencing that are not on this list as well!
- Immune support for flu, colds, and other illnesses
- Sinusitis, allergies, asthma
- Hormone Balancing
- Thyroid conditions
- High blood pressure
- Osteoporosis and osteopenia
- Sports injuries
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Neurological Conditions: Migraines, Trigeminal neuralgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Seizure disorders, Memory loss, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia, Stroke recovery...
- Vestibular disorders, BPPV, Vertigo...
- GI Health: dysphagia, IBS, chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation, ulcers, acid reflux, indigestion, IBD, SIBO, parasites, food allergies...
- Autoimmune conditions
- And more!
What modalities do you offer?
If you suffer from a sports injury or pain, you may benefit from physical medicine techniques. We can provide the following:
- Grades I-V manipulations (spinal and joint manipulations)
- Massage techniques over areas of muscular tension or spasm
- Strain-counter strain, Post-isometric relaxation, and muscle energy techniques
- Instruction in therapeutic exercises
- Hydrotherapy (the application of hot/cold water or towels to the affected area)
- KT taping
- Laser, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation techniques (coming soon!)
Herbal formulations have been used for centuries in the treatment and prevention of disease. Many of our modern medicines originated from substances found in the natural plant world. Naturopathic physicians embrace the time honored traditional knowledge of the plant world as well as the modern research in botanical medicine. By combining research and traditional knowledge, we can help you find the right herbal formula to address your specific needs. We can prescribe custom tinctures, pre-formulated botanical encapsulations, teas,and herbal powders to be used in food.