What is the Naturopathic Medicine principles?
Restore, maintain and optimize health in human beings by the following principles:
- Do no harm (Primum Non Nocere), provide the most effective health care available with the least risk to his/her patients at all times.
- Recognize (Vis Medicatrix Naturae), respect and promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being.
- Identify and remove the causes of illness (Tolle Causum), rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
- Educate patients (Doctor as Teacher), inspire rational hope and encourage self-responsibility for health.
- Treat each person (Treat the Whole Person) by considering all individual health factors and influences.
Emphasize the condition of health (Health Promotion, the Best Prevention) to promote well-being and to prevent disease for the individual, each community and our world.
Tell me about Naturopathic Medicine Training
Naturopathic physicians are trained in diagnosis, treatment and prevention to optimize health through the use of modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods. Naturopathic physician graduate from accredited naturopathic school with 4 years of study and training in various scope of herbal, homeopathy, nutrition and conventional medicine diagnosis and treatment. General scope of practice includes:
- Examine, diagnose, prescribe and treat patients as family physicians
- Manage all pharmaceuticals needed in a primary care setting;
- Manage patients’ routine preventive screenings, vaccinations and blood-work;
- Order diagnostic tests, images, blood-work and labs;
- Perform well-child visits, women’s health visits, sports physicals
- Perform minor surgery, including excisional biopsies and laceration repair;
- Coordinate care with a referral network of labs, specialists, physical Therapy, behavioral health, social services, hospitals, and out-patient facilities;
- Educate patients about lifestyle, diet, stress management and chronic disease management.
Can Naturopathic Doctors be my Primary Care Physician?
Yes, a licensed Naturopathic doctor can be your primary care provider and address your concern or work with your primary care provider to see you get the best health you deserve. Naturopathic doctors use different modalities and methods to provide the best approach to your concerns. When the need is indicated, they can prescribe pharmaceutical medicine.
What is Integrative/Holistic Medicine?
Integrative medicine approach is designed to treat the patient as a whole, not just the disease. It combines the use of life style approach, modern conventional with alternative naturopathic medicine to achieve optimal health. Integrative and Holistic Medicine approach empower the patients in process of healing their bodies and partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process.
What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine has been in practiced by ancient cultures throughout time. It involves the medicinal use of plants as tonics, energy enhancer and most important as medicine to treat disease and enhance general well-being. Herbs and pharmaceuticals have some similarities in action, but most importantly, they promote health with reduced risk of side effects if used in the correct way.
Herbal medicine means the use of different component of herbs in many forms ‒ as plant, plant extract or plant preparation ‒ to improve your health. These can be consumed in different ways, orally in form of tincture, tablets, capsules, tea or powder, and also can be applied topically. It is important not to self-diagnose any health conditions or use herbal medicine without first consulting with your health care provider.
What is Homeopathy?
The philosophy of science of homeopathic is to find the “totality of symptoms,” physical, mental, and spiritual of the individual. Homeopaths conduct detailed history interviews, which include physical, mental and emotional states; life circumstances; and examination of the patient. The remedy is then prescribed, and is usually given in either a single dose or multiple doses. Homeopathy uses animal, plant, mineral, and synthetic substances in its preparations and diluted by a process called succession.
Tell me about Clinical Nutrition?
Our body is a complex organism that has the ability to help heal itself. Looking at and understanding the nutritional physiology systematically can help and treat most diseases. Clinical Nutrition provides a complete and systematic approach to nutritional advice and treatments, starting with real food, moving to supplementation and supporting healthy lifestyle changes. The nutrition support provides safe, evidence-based dietary advice that includes a review of what you eat, a thorough review of your nutritional health, and a personalized nutritional treatment plan for you.