Naturopathic Medicine is a system primary healthcare that treats acute and chronic illnesses holistically and provides preventive, natural treatments. It addresses the source of illness and promotes the body’s own natural healing abilities.
Naturopathic Medicine is both safe and effective. One study showed that homeopathy is more effective than antibiotics in treating ear infections, safer for the children, and prevents further occurrences. Naturopathic medicine is also extremely cost effective. In fact, the Vermont Automobile Dealers Association Wellness Program demonstrated a $1.5 million annual savings in health care cost by providing access to Naturopathic Medicine.
6 FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent healing process in the body that is both ordered and intelligent. As such, NDs believe their role is to remove obstacles to healing and to stimulate the inherent natural healing tendency of the body.
Identify and Treat the Cause
Naturopathic doctors seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, not merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm
Naturopathic doctors seek to do no harm by using methods with minimal risk of side effects, by using the least force needed, by avoiding symptom suppression, and by working with the self-healing process.
Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic doctors recall that the origin of the word “doctor” is the Latin word, “to teach.” A fundamental emphasis in naturopathic medicine is patient education.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic doctors attempt to take into consideration all the factors that make up patients’ lives and affect their health and well-being.
Naturopathic medicine emphasizes the prevention of disease, assesses risk factors, and makes appropriate interventions with patients to prevent illness.