Naturopathic Medicine is a natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the integrity of the whole person. It emphasizes the treatment of the disease through the stimulation, enhancement and support of the body’s own natural healing process. There are five underlying principles of healing.
The body already has the ability to establish, maintain and restore health. The naturopath’s role is to help this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery and to support the creation of a healthy internal and external environment. This process must be a partnership between the naturopath and the client.
Illness does not occur without a cause. The cause must be discovered, removed and treated so that a person can recover completely. Causes can occur on many levels, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Health and disease are conditions of the whole person involving physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and/or social. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is essential to recovery and prevention of disease.
The naturopath must work to create a healthy, sensitive interpersonal relationship with the patient. The naturopath’s major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for his or her own health. The naturopath is the catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the client to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not the naturopath, who in the end creates health.
The ultimate goal is prevention. This is accomplished through education and promotion of life habits that create good health. The emphasis is on building health rather than fighting disease.