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Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is a system of health care focused on treating the whole individual.  The basic principle is to stimulate the healing power of the body, while treating the underlying causes of disease with natural therapies.  Physical, mental and emotional aspects of health are addressed; focusing not only on treatment but also prevention, connecting with the body’s natural self-healing capacity.

Identify and Treat the Causes

Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine seek to uncover the root causes of illness or disease.  Symptoms are not suppressed, but analyzed to understand the deeper reasons of expression.  The root cause can vary from one individual to another and the practitioner works with you to address the underlying causes, creating a better understanding and to make deep and lasting changes.

First, Do No Harm

Naturopathic Doctors use treatments that are safe and effective, avoiding the risk of harmful side effects while avoiding, when possible the suppression of symptoms.  Each individual’s own self-healing process is respected, working with the person to effectively treat his or her health conditions.

Doctor, as Teacher

Teaching individuals how to make lasting and meaningful changes for health and healing is of primary importance for Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine.  Understanding health through education and treatment goals empowers and encourages self-responsibility for health.

Treat the Whole Person

Each person is unique and Naturopathic Medicine aims at honouring this by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, social and environmental factors.  Totality of health is desired, creating wellbeing in all levels of the individual.

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Naturopathic Doctors emphasize the prevention of disease, while promoting overall vitality.  Health is more than the absence of symptoms/illness.  Diet, lifestyle and stress management techniques are taught to ensure individuals can function at their highest level of wellbeing.

Support the Healing Power of the Body

The body naturally moves toward a state of balance and wellbeing.  Naturopathic Medicine works to support this process and removes obstacles to healing while promoting balance and health.  Each individual has an inherent self-healing ability and Naturopathic Doctors help facilitate this process through mind, body and spirit, while preventing further disease from occurring.

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