Naturopathy

MODALITY NAME

Naturopathy (Naturopathic Medicine)

DESCRIPTION

A primary care system of healing that focuses on the root cause of health. Naturopathic Medicine looks at the individual and addresses the mind, body and spirit. Illness is a state of imbalance and Naturopathic Medicine works to restore balance by using the least invasive and most natural forms of holistic medicine.

Naturopathic Doctors follow the Six Fundamental Principles of Naturopathic Medicine which are:

First, to do no harm;

by using methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects.

Identify and treat the causes of disease;

by identifying and removing the underlying causes of illness, rather than suppressing symptoms and understanding that those symptoms express the body’s attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease.

Doctor as teacher;

by using the doctor-patient relationship as a catalyst for empowering and motivating change and encouraging individual responsibility for health.

Heal the whole person;

by understanding the harmonious function of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to illness and guiding treatment towards that root cause.

Prevention is the best cure;

by partnering with the patient to assess risk factors specific to the patient’s and recommend appropriate naturopathic interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.

The healing power of nature;

by recognizing and removing obstacles so that the body’s innate healing ability can flourish.

HISTORY

Naturopathic Medicine is an age-old system of health. Historically, Naturopathic Medicine was the first form of medicine. It is based upon centuries of tradition from healers using medicine from the Earth. Currently, Naturopathic Doctors attend an accredited, four-year, graduate level program of study that focuses on the medical sciences and the holistic sciences. There is an extensive clinical training that serves as preparation for private practice as an independent practitioner.

WHAT DOES IT TREAT?

Naturopathic Medicine treats the person and not the illness. With that, success has been seen in disease eradication and longevity and prevention in many different phases of health.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The initial visit is one and a half hours in length and treatments are started in that first visit. The types of therapies used in the initial visit include:

Constitutional Homeopathy

A constitutional homeopathic remedy looks at your total physical, mental and emotional self and addresses or prevents any deficiencies. Homeopathy is a form of biological medicine that is based on the understanding that healing comes from the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

Homeopathic medicines are safely prescribed to individuals with disease symptoms based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. Homeopathy may be used to treat a wide variety of physical conditions and emotional ailments.

Holistic Nutrition

Food is your medicine and it is important to explore the most healing foods that match your constitution. In addition to creating an optimal meal plan, nutritional supplementation may be applied to assist in the healing process. In the visit, we will find the safest way of introducing nutrients into the body and for the appropriate length of time.

Individualized Botanical Medicine [Herbal Medicine]

Customized botanical/herbal preparations that work to heal physical and emotional concerns. Scientific research supports the use of standardized plant extracts for the treatment and prevention of illnesses. Many pharmaceutical drugs are concentrated chemical derivatives from plants. Botanical medicine in its natural state is effective, yet provides a balanced and gentle affect without major adverse side effects.

Naturopathic Pre & Post Natal Support

We offer total care health programs that encourage a more peaceful and balanced prenatal and birthing experience. We utilize physical medicine, gentle botanical prescriptions, Homeopathic Medicine, hydrotherapy and the private care of a Doula. In the postnatal period, we assist with decreasing stress, minimizing emotional imbalances and maximizing physical healing.

Drainage & Detoxification

With each day, we are exposed to numerous toxins that can easily accumulate within the tissues of the body. These toxins build up over time, creating a toxic state and can further create dysfunction within the body. We provide healthy and safe applications for detoxifying the system. Our drainage and detoxification programs are selected based upon specific organ systems and their imbalances.

The goal of drainage and detoxification is to first identify and eliminate the toxin and then to increase the healthy function of your organs and overall health to prevent toxicity from occurring again.

Aromatherapy

A form of natural medicine based on the use of very concentrated essential oils from the flowers, leaves, bark, branches, rind or roots of plants with purported healing properties. In aromatherapy, these potent oils are rubbed on the skin, sprayed in the air, inhaled or applied as a compress. The aroma of the essential oils stimulates the brain and the oils are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, where they can affect the whole body and promote healing.

Hydrotherapy

The therapeutic use of hot and cold water, as a gentle treatment to increase circulation to affected areas, bringing nutrients, removing waste products, focusing the immune system and stimulating the body’s ability to heal.