What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct type of health care that blends scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic doctors use natural therapies including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and lifestyle counseling to assist their patients to a return to optimal health.
When going to a naturopathic doctor, all factors influencing a person’s state of health and wellbeing are taken into account including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual influences that are at work in the person’s life. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals meant to alert the person that action needs to be taken to re-correct the current state of imbalance in the individual’s health.
The primary goal is to treat the underlying cause of disease. Treatments are chosen based on the individual patient not the generality of symptoms and as a rule are non-invasive and gentle. Naturopathic medicine complements and assists health care services provided by other health care professionals. Naturopaths refer patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
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