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Founded upon a holistic philosophy, naturopathic medicine combines safe and effective traditional therapies with the most current advances in modern medicine. Naturopathic medicine is appropriate for the management of a broad range of health conditions affecting all people of all ages.

Naturopathic physicians (N.D.s) are the highest trained practitioners in the broadest scope of naturopathic medical modalities. In addition to the basic medical sciences and conventional diagnostics, naturopathic education includes therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, natural childbirth, classical Chinese medicine, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulative therapy, iridology.

Philosophy and Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
 
We employ a distinct system of primary health care which is comprised of the philosophy, science and art of diagnosing, treating and preventing disease with natural and conservative means. Our techniques include modern, traditional, scientific and empirical methods. In keeping with the above, we also adhere to the following principles of healing:

The Healing Power of Nature. The healing process has order and intelligence. The body has the inherent ability to heal and restore health, and to ward off disease. Illness is a manifestation of the body's intrinsic attempt to right itself back into balance due to physical, emotional or spiritual disharmony.

Treat The Whole Person. Health and disease are the result of a complex interaction of many components, which include the physiological, genetic, structural, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental, and social factors. The proper functioning of all systemsof the individual is essential to health. "Dis-ease" is an
expression of an imbalance of any part, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual that affects the whole person. All aspects of the individual must be considered in order to formulate a complete picture of their state. By doing this, the whole person can be treated.

First Do No Harm. Because the physician respects the inherent ability of the body to heal itself, he/she must be aware of the consequences and side effects of treatment. Therefore, the more gentle and non-invasive the treatment, the less disruptive it will be to the whole person. Since suppression of symptoms may interfere with the healing process, it is avoided whenever possible.

Identify And Treat The Cause.There is always a cause for illness. Symptoms such as headache, fever or rash are not the cause of illness. Symptoms are an expression of the body's attempt to heal itself, and are signals that the body is out of balance. Although there are many causes of illness, they are most often found in the patient's lifestyle, diet, mental and emotional state. If only the symptoms are treated, the underlying causes remain and the patient could develop a more severe and chronic condition.

Prevention is foremost.How we choose to live directly affects our health. The physician can help patients recognize how their choices will reflect their well beingness. The physician may also assess risk factors in order to recommend the appropriate intervention to prevent illness.

Doctor As Teacher.The original term for the word "doctor" is docere which means teacher. In keeping with this meaning, the physician should educate and encourage his patients to take responsibility for their health. In doing so, the physician becomes a facilitator in the patient's healing process. This develops a cooperative doctor-patient relationship which is therapeutic in and of itself.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications in Naturopathic Medicine:

Diagnostics - Naturopathic physicians use a broad spectrum of conventional diagnostic procedures, including the comprehensive health history, physical examination, X-ray and other forms of imaging, and laboratory tests.

Botanical Medicine - Plant substances are powerful medicines. They are effective and safe when prescribed in the right dose and in proper combinations with other botanical medicines. Naturopathic physicians are the only licensed health care providers comprehensively trained in the use of botanical medicines.

Homeopathy -This is a system of medicine based on the especially prepared micro-dilutions of substances are carefully matched with the patient’s symptoms, based on the “law of similars,” and are prescribed and dispensed in order to stimulate the body's innate ability to undergo a curative process.

Nutritional Medicine – Clinical Nutrition is employed by the Naturopathic Physician in his or her practice. This includes the use of diet therapy, supplementation, and nutraceutical medicines. Many conditions are treated successfully with nutritional intervention. The therapeutic use of foods, diet, and supplementation has always been an integral part of naturopathic medicine.

Oriental Medicine - Naturopathic physicians incorporate Oriental Medicine in their practices. They use pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, body work, and Oriental botanical medicines.

Physical Medicine - Various physical therapeutic modalities are used to treat the body. Heat, cold, electrotherapy, ultrasound, diathermy, ultraviolet light, zone therapy, hydrotherapy and exercise therapy are used in physical medicine.
 
Hydrotherapy –This physiotherapeautic modality is a cornerstone of Naturopathy. From the inception of Naturopathy, included hydrotherapy (known as the “Water Cure”) as a primary modality in the spectrum of therapeutic modalities available in Naturopathy. The application of hydrotherapy included cold or warm water, applied either internally or externally in the treatment of various health conditions. External applications were effective in bringing about vasoconstriction or vasodialation as well as the enhancement of lymphatic drainage. Internal applications, such as colon hydrotherapy, produced detoxification of toxins and other waste matter, used either as a sole therapy for a physical condition or in preparation for additional treatment of the organ systems.

Mechanotherapy – This therapeutic modality involved the treatment of disease by mechanical devices or other means, including the use of massage, Swedish movements, and manipulative techniques of soft and hard tissues.

Manipulative Medicine – Manipulative therapeutics are used to treat soft tissue and osseous conditions. Cranial, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, coccygeal, pelvic, extremity, and organic conditions are treated with use of manipulative therapeutics.

Ob/Gyn - Naturopathic physicians receive training in obstetrics and gynecology. They participate in labor, delivery, and pre and postpartum care. They also perform gynecological examinations and procedures.

Psychotherapy - Treatment of mental disorders by using verbal and non-verbal communication. This includes persuasion, suggestion, re-education, reassurance, and support and other techniques such as psycho-analysis and hypnosis.

Counseling - Counseling on lifestyle, diet, exercise, and occupational/ environmental hazards, and prevention are an integral part of Naturopathic Medicine.
 
 
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