First, to do no harm. Naturopathic doctors utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful effects and that are effective in restoring health. Whenever possible the suppression of symptoms is avoided because it interferes with the healing process.The original meaning of the word doctor is teacher. A principle objective of Naturopathic medicine is to educate the patient, engage in dialogue and to empower self-responsibility for health.
Treat the whole person means that Naturopathic doctors view the whole puzzle of variables that affect a person’s life including physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and spiritual. Naturopathic doctors honor the spiritual health of our patients and both support and encourage individuals to pursue a spiritual path that is meaningful for them. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of an individual’s life is essential to health.
Prevention of disease and optimal health is the primary objective of naturopathic medicine. This is a practice. Naturopathic doctors assess risk factors, genetics and susceptibility to disease, make recommendations and interventions in partnership with our patients to prevent dis-ease. We support individuals to participate in creating a healthy world in which all of life may thrive.
Nutrition where we focus on an individualized food plan, removing foods which irritating to the body and adding foods which nourish the body. Nutritional supplements provide support to the individual who is in a deficient state or who needs supplementation to address specific systems in the body which are out of balance.
Physical Activity: Support each individual in creating an exercise program that supports movement, allows our cells to breathe and prolongs our lives.
Physical Medicine includes an assessment of the structure of the body and treatments include cranial sacral therapy, muscle energy stretching, plus a variety of techniques to support the individual.
Hydrotherapy utilizes the principles of hot and cold therapies to strengthen the body.
Homeopathy is based upon the idea that “like cures like”. If a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. A homeopathic dose enhances the body’s natural healing ability.
Botanical Medicine utilizes the healing power of plants as medicine.
Intravenous therapy is a way to incorporate higher doses of vitamins, minerals and nutrients as therapeutic treatments.
Mind-Body Medicine teaches relaxations and utilizes the power of the mind and subconscious to clear emotions, repetitive beliefs and behaviors that interfere with the life that we desire.
Medications are utilized at the lowest effective dose when needed for healing.
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