Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are regulated and licensed as primary care physicians. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary care medicine with an emphasis on treating a person’s whole health, through individualized treatment plans and preventative care. NDs integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies that are chosen based on clinical need, current/valid medical research, as well as a patient’s unique health. The primary goal is to restore balance and achieve optimal health for an individual; this is achieved by finding and addressing the root cause of illness, rather than simply treating symptoms. The result, is a long-term sustained solution to resolving a patient’s symptoms, preventing & treating chronic disease, and achieving a lifetime of feeling great.
NDs work in partnership with other regulated health care providers to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible.
Types of natural therapies used:
- Herbal medicine
- Clinical Nutrition
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Lifestyle counseling
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
First Do No Harm
- Use of methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects;
- Use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
- Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppressing of symptoms;
- Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual self-healing process.
Identify and Treat the Causes
In addition to alleviating acute and chronic symptoms of disease, NDs seek to identify and remove underlying causes of illness. Rather than merely eliminating or suppressing symptoms, this approach moves the body toward maintaining an optimal state of health.
Doctor as Teacher
NDs work collaboratively with patients by sharing knowledge and information to create a successful treatment plan. Patients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own optimal health.
Treat the Whole Person
In addition to addressing specific complaints or symptoms, NDs look at the ‘whole picture’. The physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors contributing to the health of each individual patient are thoroughly considered.
NDs emphasize prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease in each patient. Appropriate interventions can then be made in partnership with patients to prevent illness.
Support the Healing Power of the Body
The practice of Naturopathic Medicine recognizes an ordered and intelligent self-healing process that is inherent to every individual. NDs work to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery and to facilitate this natural self-healing process.