Naturopathic Medicine

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Naturopathic medicine is based upon the following principles:

First Do No Harm.
NDs use non-invasive procedures to diagnose, natural remedies to treat, avoid the suppression of symptoms, and respect each individual’s self-healing process and journey.

Identify and Treat the Cause.
The primary goal of NDs is to identify the underlying cause of an illness, and to remove the obstacles to recovery. NDs do not merely treat symptoms. NDs use these symptoms to understand what may be happening with person.

Doctor as Teacher.
NDs provide essential information for their patients to make informed choices, while encouraging them to take a more active role in their healthcare. Knowledge is power.

Treat the Whole Person.
NDs focus on all aspects of health and wellness by treating each patient as a unique individual. NDs help patients discover their optimal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves.

Prevention.
NDs help prevent disease by assessing risk factors, identifying susceptibility to disease, and educating their patients on those practices that are health restoring and promoting.

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Naturopathic Medicine is dedicated to the study and celebration of nature’s healing powers.

Naturopathy is a dynamic philosophy as well as a profession that recognizes the interconnection and interdependence of all living things.

Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with today’s natural healthcare advances, and encompasses all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care.

Naturopathic medicine concentrates on whole-patient wellness – 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 doctors cooperate with all other branches of medical science, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.

– adapted from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
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