Naturopathy is a holistic health care system that is primarily focused on identifying and correcting the underlying causes of health conditions. Naturopathic medicine utilizes comprehensive treatment approach combining lifestyle, nutritional medicine, Western herbal medicine and counselling therapy to fully support you on your health journey.
The following principles underlie the naturopathic medicine practice
THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE (VIS MEDICATRIX NATURAE)
The body has innate sophisticated mechanism of healing that operating in accordance with the laws of nature. The roleof naturopath is to support and assist the body's innate ability to heal.
IDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSE (TOLLE CAUSAM)
The naturopath's focus is to uncover the underlying cause of the condition, not just treat the symptoms. By addressing the cause, the true healing may take place.For example, depression can be caused by imbalance of neurotransmitters, various nutrient deficiencies, neuroinflammation, gut dysbiosis (bacterial imbalance in the gut) among many others.The naturopath will assess and establish the possible underlying causes and contributing factors for every case to appropriately treat the condition and provide the best health outcome for the patient.
TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON (TOLLE TOTUM)
The intricate interplay of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental factors determine the level of health and disease. Naturopathic model of medicine addresses all factors relevant to the patient.
FIRST DO NO HARM (PRIMUM NON NOCERE)
The role of naturopath is to support the body's natural ability to heal via employing different modalities and addressing the underlying causes of disease. Naturopathic practice is based on inflicting no harm and traditionally non-invasive and not focused on suppression of symptoms. Symptom management can be used by a naturopath in acute care if necessary. The underlying causes will always be assessed and the treatment will be offered after the symptoms subside or concurrently depending on the case.
DOCTOR AS TEACHER (DOCERE)
The word Doctor has Latin origin and means 'teacher'. The aim of a naturopath is to educate the patient about the condition, what drives it in the specific case and what has to be done to regain health and vitality. The naturopath aims to motivate and inspire the patient to be in control of their health journey and become self-empowered through education and support required.
Once initial complaint has been resolved, the naturopath can assist with the prevention of development of new disease states and maintaining the state of wellness.