What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine (also known as Naturopathy) is a school of medical philosophy and practice that seeks to improve health and approach disease chiefly by assisting the body's innate capacity to recover from illness and injury. Naturopathic practice may include a broad array of different modalities, including homeopathic medicine, whole food supplements, botanical medicine, environmental medicine, nutrition, and so on. Practitioners tend to emphasize a holistic approach to patient care. Naturopathy has its origins in the United States, but is today practiced in many countries around the world in one form or another, where it is subject to different standards of regulation and levels of acceptance. Naturopathic practitioners prefer not to use invasive surgery, or most synthetic drugs, preferring "natural" remedies; i.e., relatively unprocessed or whole medications, such as herbs and foods.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
Vis Medicatrix Naturae (The Healing Power of Nature) The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The doctor's role is to facilitate and augment this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to support the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.
Tolle Causam (Identify and Treat the Cause) Illness does not occur without cause. Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and removed or treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Symptoms are expressions of the body's attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease; therefore, naturopathic medicine addresses itself primarily to the underlying causes of disease, rather than to the symptoms. Causes may occur on many levels, including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. The doctor must evaluate fundamental underlying causes on all levels, directing treatment at root causes as well as seeking relief of symptoms.
Primum Non Nocere (First Do No Harm) Therapeutic actions that are complementary to and synergistic with the body's innate healing process prevent harm to patients. Naturopathic doctors follow three precepts to avoid harming the patient:
- Use methods and medicinal substances that minimize the risk of harmful effects, and apply the least possible force or intervention necessary to diagnose illness and restore health.
- Whenever possible, avoid symptom suppression as it can interfere with the healing process.
- Respect and cooperate with the vis medicatrix naturae in therapies.
Tolle Totum (Treat the Whole Person) Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors. The doctor must treat the whole person by taking all of these factors into account. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is essential to recovery from and prevention of disease, and requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Docere (The Doctor as Teacher) Beyond an accurate diagnosis and appropriate prescription, the doctor must work to create a healthy, sensitive interpersonal relationship with the patient. A cooperative doctor-patient relationship has inherent therapeutic value. The doctor's major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for his or her own health. The doctor is a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not the doctor, who ultimately creates or accomplishes healing. The doctor must strive to inspire hope as well as understanding. The doctor must also make a commitment to her/his personal and spiritual development in order to be a good teacher.
Principiis obsta: Sero medicina curator (Prevention) The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is prevention. This is accomplished through education and promotion of lifestyle habits that foster good health. The doctor assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions to avoid further harm and risk to the patient. The emphasis is on building health rather than on fighting disease. Because it is difficult to be healthy in an unhealthy world, it is the responsibility of both doctor and patient to create a healthier environment in which to live.
Naturopathic Care follows the principle that living things have an innate ability to heal themselves. Our vital force promotes self– cleansing, self-repair, and therefore self-healing. Carolyn’s Naturopathic approach to wellness supports this innate wisdom of your body.
Initial Naturopathic Appointment (90 minutes): $204
If you are suffering from any type of hormonal imbalance (thyroid, female cycle issues, menopausal issues, etc) we recommend that you view Carolyn’s presentation on healthy thyroid functioning prior to your appointment, free of charge, the day of your complimentary visit in our relaxing video room.
Carolyn utilizes Electro-Dermal Screening (EDS)* in conjunction with Naturopathic Medicine
*EDS: A Window into the Meridians
This is a non-invasive computerized method of assessing the meridians, or energetic pathways, of the body that are traditionally associated with particular organs and systems. By combining ancient wisdom with modern technology we arrive at a highly accurate assessment of imbalances which are a possible cause for health concerns.