What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy or Naturopathic Medicine is a form of primary health care which integrates standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. It addresses the root cause of illness and supports the body’s innate healing ability through using an integrated approach to disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Principles of Naturopathy
To best describe Naturopathic Medicine, I believe it’s important to explain its governing principles. There are 6 principles which are fundamental to the practice of Naturopathic Medicine, including:
- First, to do no harm, by using methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
- To treat the causes of disease, by identifying and removing the underlying causes of illness, rather than suppressing symptoms.
- To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, by sharing knowledge with patients and encouraging individual responsibility for health.
- To heal the whole person through individualized treatment, by understanding the unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to illness, and customizing treatment protocols to the patient.
- To emphasize prevention, by partnering with the patient to assess risk factors and recommend appropriate naturopathic interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.
- To support the healing power of the body, by recognizing and removing obstacles to the body’s inherent self-healing process.
For More Information on Naturopathy
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Naturopathy Treatments may include
- Specialized laboratory testing
- Clinical nutrition (diet, nutritional supplementation)
- Acupuncture / Asian medicine
- Botanical (herbal) medicine
- Homeopathic medicine
- Lifestyle coaching / counselling