About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic Medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health, and managing illness. It is an integrated approach to health care management aimed at restoring balance. By focusing on prevention, and using natural substances, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) support and stimulate the body's natural ability to heal itself.
The primary goal of Naturopathic modalities is to address the cause of illness, and not merely the symptoms. The patient is seen as a whole person and individualized plans are based on the physical, mental and emotional needs of each patient. Naturopathy is based on the belief that the body is self-healing and will repair itself to recover from illness if given a healthy environment. A major focus is placed on wellness and disease prevention.
Naturopathic doctors emphasize food and nutrition, vitamins and minerals, herbs and similar substances and some forms of physical medicine in their clinical approach. Naturopathic Doctors strive to create an environment where balance can be restored. They focus on providing each individual with the tools they need to take an active role in their own health care and wellness. Recommendations are individualized and safe and should not interfere with any current conventional care you may be receiving. A comprehensive intake and relevant lab testing are used to allow patients the best possible evidence-based holistic care to facilitate the healing process.
Through individualized patient care and public education, the Naturopathic Doctor's primary purpose is:
- to prevent disease
- support and encourage the body's natural healing process
- promote health
- optimize wellbeing