Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system which blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of healing. The foundation of Naturopathic Medicine is based on the philosophy that the body has an inherent wisdom to heal itself provided obstacles to cure are removed. It is the patients self awareness, embodiment of self compassion and self care that ultimately accomplishes healing. Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) assist in this self healing process by providing safe, natural, least harmful, non-toxic and most effective individualized treatment plan which focus on treating the root cause of the problem and not suppressing the symptoms.
ND’s, like general practitioners, treat most health problems; acute as well as chronic and promote health through preventive medicine. As a matter of fact, management of chronic health concerns is where Naturopathic Medicine truly shines. In Naturopathic Medicine, care is initiated with “natural medicines” which are devoid of any adverse effect and lifestyle therapies such as diet, exercise, stress management strategies are weaved into the treatment plan. As improvement occurs, lifestyle therapies dominate and natural medicines and supplements may no longer be required to maintain optimal health. Most importantly, you do not have to be sick to see a Naturopathic doctor. You can consult a ND to optimize your already great health for vital longevity or for graceful aging. Or, if there are any inherited conditions in the family, you can choose to be proactive and formulate a prevention strategy with ND’s help to minimize or possibly avoid harm.
The following are some of the natural therapies and treatment options used:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture Chinese medicine is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for over two thousand years. It combines acupuncture, diet and traditional Chinese medicine formulas for treatment. Acupuncture may be helpful for withdrawal from addictions, menstrual irregularities, infertility, endometriosis, musculoskeletal issues, chronic low back pain, neck pain, stress reduction, post surgical recovery, chronic fatigue and decreased immunity. Symptoms as joint pain, headache, anxiety, fatigue, allergies, menstrual cramps, high blood pressure, asthma, indigestion and common cold respond quickly to acupuncture. Acupuncture is commonly used as an adjunct to conventional medical treatments.
Botanical Medicine Naturopathic Doctor’s use well researched plants for their medicinal value. The flowers, roots, leaves or oils of a plant may be used in the remedy and therapy may take the form of teas, tinctures, ointments, essential oils and supplements.
Clinical Nutrition Naturopathic medicine lays emphasis on the right balance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals for long-term wellbeing and vitality. ND’s take a detailed dietary history and make specific recommendations depending on each individual’s need.
Homeopathic Medicine Homeopathy is a system of medicine developed in the eighteenth century by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Unlike conventional medicine where drugs are given to work against the body and its symptoms, homeopathic remedies work with the body to help stimulate its healing capacity. Homeopathic medicines are made from plant, animal or mineral products which are so diluted that there is no chance of toxicity. Homeopathy is widely used to treat childhood illness.
Physical Medicine Physical medicine helps to recover from muscle sprains and strains and also boosts the immune system. Treatments include low impact naturopathic manipulations, stretching, hydrotherapy – sauna and alternate hot and cold shower. ND’s also use ultrasound, laser, TENS, electro acupuncture and cupping to address various musculoskeletal concerns.
Prevention and Lifestyle Modification Prevention is the best form of health care and ND’s spend a significant amount of time with their patients to lay the foundation seeds of healthy living by lifestyle, diet counseling exercise and sleep recommendations.