Naturopathic medicine originated as a medical discipline in Germany in the late 1800’s. Naturopathic medicine integrates traditional medicines, and incorporates modern research of science and medicine to give a unique perspective and understanding of the human body and illness.
Naturopathic medicine utilizes time-honored traditional and natural healing methods to restore the body to health. Current research in medicine, nutritional science, and functional medicine guides diagnosis, treatment and allows for monitoring of ones health. Treatment is evidence-based wherever possible.
Like Naturopathic medicine, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are ancient, time-honored and evidence-based methods of healing. There are seven branches of Chinese medicine: acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet, qigong, massage, exercise, spiritual and meditation practices. These methods are useful in balancing the energies of the body and healing. The disciplines of Naturopathic and Chinese medicine have much overlap and many differences and are both complementary and supportive of each other.
Naturopathic medicine is based on 6 basic principles of healing:
- Vis Medicatrix Naturae - The body has an inherent ability to heal itself given the right conditions.
- Tolle Causam - Identify and remove the underlying causes of illness.
- Primum Non Nocere - Avoid harming the body through the safe and appropriate use of diagonosis and medicinal substances, avoiding harmful side effects, suppression of symptoms and respect for the self-healing process.
- Docere - Doctor as teacher, for prevention and self-care.
- Treat the whole person - Each person is their own individual system. Understanding the mental, emotional, social, spiritual and physical aspects of this system is important in creating health and well-being.
- Prevention - Integrative practices allows for risk factor assessment, disease susceptibility detection and appropriate intervention for illness prevention and health optimization.