Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive and holistic approach to medicine based on the healing power of nature and focuses on the prevention and treatment of underlying disease. ND’s abide by six key elements of medicine:
The healing power of nature
Identify and treat the causes
First do no harm
Doctor as teacher
Treat the whole person
Using these principles, ND’s practice a holistic approach to well-being by focusing on treating the whole person: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Wellness is a continually changing state of being healthy, and health is an inherent need for everyone. The ND is uniquely qualified to promote optimum health for all patients of all ages.
Naturopaths use The Therapeutic Order to ensure proper treatment of symptoms by addressing the underlying disturbance.
For example, a patient with a common cold may use a common cold remedy to stop their running nose. This is a high force intervention aimed at suppressing the symptom. Another way to address the same runny nose is to consider the cause of it. For simplification, let’s say the common cold is due to a viral infection. Your body wants to be healthy and is producing a runny nose because your immune system is fighting the infection. Therefore suppressing the runny nose is suppressing your healing.
A naturopathic approach would be to support the immune system, provide low force antiviral therapies, and allow the body to do what it does best – to be healthy.