Truly individualized health care draws equally from scientific evidence and the unique mind, body, and spirit of the patient. Naturopathic medicine is a general practice field, complementary to conventional medicine, and dedicated to the study and celebration of holistic health and healing. It is committed to empowering patients to retain control over their health and wellbeing.
Naturopathic physicians spend a great deal of time with their patients. Like conventional physicians, naturopathic physicians have the credentials to prescribe medication and make a full range of treatment decisions. Naturopathic physicians collaborate with other practitioners and also refer patients to other physicians for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate. Naturopathic doctors focus on developing a collaborative relationship with the patient, with the goal of empowering them to steer and improve their own health with greater independence from professional treatment.
The human body is inherently able to restore and maintain health. The physician’s role is to support the body’s innate abilities with natural, non-toxic therapies, and to assist the patient in creating a healthy environment and lifestyle.
Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal. Naturopathic physicians seek and treat the underlying cause of a disease. The origin of disease is removed or treated so the patient can recover.
Naturopathic medicine uses therapies that are safe and effective. Since the goal is to identify and treat the cause, naturopathic physicians avoid, and consider harmful, treatments that obscure the cause by suppressing symptoms.
The human body, mind, and spirit are fully integrated aspects of a person’s overall being. Each patient is a unique whole, and requires individualized and comprehensive consideration for healing to occur.
The naturopathic physician’s most important role is to empower the patient to reclaim agency over his or her own health. The physician strives to instill the patient with hope and knowledge. Ultimately, it is the patient not the physician who achieves healing.
“The best defense is a strong offense,” as the adage goes. Naturopathic physicians shift the emphasis from fighting disease to building and maintaining good health. The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is prevention.
To discover the types of conditions naturopathic medicine treats, visit the Patient Care section. To learn more about specific treatments naturopathic physicians use, visit Treatment Approaches. Click here to schedule an appointment with an SCNM Medical Center physician or resident, or call 480-970-0000.