What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Updated: Mar 15
Naturopathic medicine is a system of healthcare that emphasizes evidence-based, natural and preventive approaches to health. Naturopathic doctors treat the whole person and focus on healing the root cause of illness rather than medicating symptoms.
The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
First, Do No Harm Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
The Healing Power of Nature Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
Identify and Treat the Causes Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
Doctor as Teacher Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
Treat the Whole Person View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
Prevention Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as family physicians and are able to see patients throughout every stage of life. They combine herbal medicine, physical medicine, counseling, pharmacology and more to build customized plans that are tailored to each patient's unique situation.
With an ND, you'll find that you're in the driver's seat of your health.
Your values and goals matter deeply, and your ND is there to partner with you towards your vision of health.
ND's have a wide breadth of training and are able to work excellently alongside other healing practitioners like medical doctors, osteopaths, nurse practitioners, practitioner assistants, physical therapists, acupuncturists, ayurvedic medicine practitioners, herbalists, and more.
In the therapeutic order of naturopathic medicine, all options for treating illness are on the table. NDs are trained to help explain to you when is best to utilize which of your options for treating illness.
For example, someone with type two diabetes may be able to control their blood sugar with exercise, sleep and diet alone, while someone else may find it helpful to use herbal or pharmaceutical medications until their symptoms become more manageable. NDs are experts in helping you to achieve the optimal balance between lifestyle medicine and advanced technologies available to help you feel fully alive and healthy.
If you'd like to learn more about naturopathic medicine what you and Dr. Kate Henry can do together for your health, schedule a welcome call today.
Warmth & wellness,
Dr. Kate Henry