With little more than water, nutrition, and exercise, a few intelligent European men began the nature cure movement in the 19th century. They believed in the body’s innate power to heal itself and provoked this power through the use of various modalities, such as diet, lifestyle, hydrotherapy, botanicals, and homeopathy. Despite allegations of quackery and malpractice, these physicians believed the future of medicine was based in nature and never gave up. Thanks to these pioneers, we now enjoy a stream of naturopathic medicine that is founded in the original nature cure modalities, but incorporated into modern conventional medical practices (some might even say offering the best of both worlds).
Modern naturopathic doctors approach cases based on major principles that govern the profession. These principles are pledged to upon graduation, much like the Hippocratic oath for medical doctors. The principles are:
In using our modalities, we always strive to minimize invasiveness while restoring health.
Naturopathic doctors recognize and support the inherent ability of the body to heal itself and strive to support this process, rather than counteract it.
Identifying and treating the underlying cause of illness is at the core of all naturopathic practices. Symptomatic relief is a stepping stone to the healthy state, not the endpoint of treatment.
The primary role of naturopathic doctors is to educate and support patients in all aspects of their health, so that they become a responsible advocate for their well being.
Naturopathic doctors recognize disease factors do not work in isolation, and that every disease pattern is unique to the individual. As a result, each patient receives a treatment plan finely tuned to their specific needs.
Controlling health factors early in life helps prevent disease processes from propagating. Naturopathic doctors thus rely heavily on lifestyle counseling to teach their patients how to avoid negative outcomes.
These principles are strictly upheld to enable the provision of primary healthcare by naturopathic physicians, of which can be used on its own or in conjunction with conventional medical treatments. Basically, we strive to achieve and maintain health in a way that is best for your individual self.