Naturopathic medicine treats health conditions by utilizing the body’s inherent ability to heal. There is a concentration on whole-patient wellness through the integration of mind, body, and spirit. The medicine is tailored to the patient and emphasizes prevention and self-care. Naturopathic medicine attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient’s condition rather than focusing solely on symptomatic treatment. Naturopathic physicians practice comprehensive general medicine and treat a wide variety of acute and chronic illnesses. The foundation of naturopathic diagnosis is a detailed patient history, physical examination, review of medications, and evaluation of appropriate laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging.
Naturopathic physicians practice the six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine.
The Healing Power of Nature
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself
Identify and Treat the Causes
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause
First Do No Harm
Utilize the most natural, least invasive, and least toxic therapies
Doctor as Teacher
Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health
Treat the Whole Person
View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions
Focus on overall health, wellness, and disease prevention