Naturopathic Medicine uses natural methods and organic substances to support and stimulate the body’s inherent self-healing processes.
The Healing Power of Nature
First Do No Harm
The safety of the client is the most important aspect of what we do and when possible avoid the harmful suppressions of symptoms. We work with, not against the body’s natural healing tendencies in the gentlest way possible.
Naturopathic Medicine approaches the person as a whole, placing equal importance on the person’s physical, mental and emotional components. It is the role of the practitioner, as well as the client to remove any obstacles that may be hindering this healing power (such as poor diet, stress).
Find the Cause “Tolle Causam”
Identify and Treat the Cause
We do not get ill without a cause. Whether the cause of illness is emotional trauma, years of poor diet and stress, physical injury, or something else, it is the role of the physician to assist the patient in uncovering these contributory factors. It is essential to address these components because they are the key to restoring balance and health to the individual.
Treat the Whole Person
First Do No Harm
Just as good health is the result of a combination of factors such as diet, genetics, lifestyle, exercise, spiritual and emotional fulfilment, the disease process has many components. In order to fully address and treat a person’s “dis-ease,” the whole person must be treated, not just the symptoms.
The role of the naturopathic practitioner is not only to assist each patient on their journey towards the restoration and maintenance of their health but also to educate. Resulting treatments given by a practitioner reaches beyond easing symptoms, and through natural methods, discovers their actual cause. Treating the source produces a curative effect.
Prevention & Optimal Health
Naturopaths encourage people to optimise their health
The naturopathic approach to health care can prevent minor illnesses from developing into more serious or chronic degenerative diseases. Clients are taught the principles with which to live a healthy life and, by following these principles, they can prevent major illnesses. Prevention of disease is accomplished through patient education, good nutrition along with a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Naturopaths are not satisfied with the absence of disease, but encourage people to optimise their health. This often requires an additional commitment to changing lifestyles and self-responsibility for health.