"Naturopathic doctors are specialists in natural medicine and preventative
healthcare, integrating scientific knowledge with traditional healing wisdom."

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What is Naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health and treating illness. Focusing on prevention and combining scientific knowledge with traditional healing wisdom, naturopathic doctors (NDs) support and stimulate the body's ability to heal itself.

The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of illness, rather than simply treat or supress symptoms. The ND takes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions into account when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.

The therapies used by naturopathic doctors are clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and lifestyle councelling. (Click on the "therapies" button below to learn more about these therapies.)

THE PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

1. Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle causam)

  • The naturopathic doctor seeks to identify and to remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

2. First Do No Harm (Primum non nocere)

  • Naturopathic doctors follow these three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
  • Use methods and medicines which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat.
  • Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppressing of symptoms.
  • Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual's self-healing process.

3. Doctor as Teacher (Docere)

  • Naturopathic doctors share information and knowledge with their patients and encourage self- responsibility for health.

4. Treat the whole person

  • Naturopathic doctors treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors.

5. Emphasize prevention

  • Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

6. Support the healing power of the body (vis medicatrix naturae)

  • Naturopathic Medicine recognizes an inherent self healing process in the person which is ordered and intelligent.
  • Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and increase this inherent self-healing process.
click here to read the Naturopathic Doctor's Oath!

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What kind of problems do Naturopaths encounter?

Chronic and acute conditions all benefit from naturopathic care. The most common health conditions I see are:

Chronic Illnesses:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia
  • Allergies, Asthma, and Environmental Illnesses
  • Cardiac problems: Hypertenstion, High Cholesterol
  • Digestive complaints: Crohnes, Constipation, IBS
  • Skin Problems: Eczemia, Acne, Rashes
  • Diabetes
Acute Illnesses:
  • Ear infections, Sore throats, Bronchitis
  • Colds, Coughs, Flus
  • Headaches
Women's Conditions:
  • Menstrual problems, Pain, PMS
  • Endometriossis, Uterine Fibroids
  • Ensuring a safe pregnancy, Infertility
  • Menopause
Other:
  • Stress, Anxiety, Depression
  • Hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Insomnia
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