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Many methods of Naturopathy date back to 400 B.C. As the practice of naturopathy evolved there developed 6 principles of healing that were adapted by the practitioners. These are as follows:

  • The healing power of nature.
  • Treat the whole person.
  • Identify and treat the cause.
  • First of all, do no harm.
  • Doctors as teacher.
  • Prevention is the best cure.

The naturopathic physicians receive training in the following modalities, primary family care, internal medicine, physical medicine, psychiatry and preventative health care methods. The focus in training is to determine the underlying causes of the disease rather than treatment of the illness itself. Patients are educated to take more responsibility for their own health and this helps them to understand their individual health conditions. The treatment recognizes the whole person and emphasizes the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the natural healing abilities of the body. The types of medical options used varies with the different types of diseases that are presented. >These may include:

  • Clinical Nutrition – a dietary approach to prevention and treatment of chronic degenerative disease.
  • Botanical Medicine – utilizing medicinal plants for the purpose of healing.
  • Homeopathy – treating the complete body with organic products and preventative care.
  • Physical Medicine – Naturopathic manipulation of the muscles, bones and soft tissues, exercise therapy, physiotherapy using heat and cold, ultra sound and hydrotherapy.
  • Behavioral Medicine – psychological techniques including basic counseling, stress management, hypnotherapy, biofeedback and methods of lifestyle modification.
Is Naturopathic medicine really that different from traditional medicine? Yes! A naturopathic looks at you as a whole, unique human being. Traditional medical doctors address your immediate complaint and often so not link it to your overall well being. Naturopathy is based on the principle of the healing power of nature. The belief is that an organism can heal itself. If it is unable to complete that healing then the most natural and least toxic stimulus is needed to help the body react in that direction. Naturopaths believe in working with the natural body healing processes rather than against it. Preventive care includes education to eat well, exercise and live in harmony with the environment. Are naturopaths really doctors? Naturopath physicians attend a four-year naturopathic medical school. They use the same textbooks as in traditional medical schools. They learn the same techniques of physical diagnosis and are licensed in many states. What kind of conditions do naturopathic physicians treat? They treat acute and chronic diseases of all kinds. Conditions treated include everything from acute to athlete’s foot, asthma to arthritis, headaches to hay fever, dandruff to depression, flu’s to fatigue, ear infections to eczema, strep throat to smoking. Patients can include newborns, pregnant women, the elderly, and everyone else.

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