We Find Solutions
Naturopathic doctors diagnose, prevent, and treat acute and chronic illness by supporting YOUR self-healing processes.
There is a natural order to restoring health. We follow the steps listed below.
1. Remove Obstacles to Health.
Health is defined as the “natural state” of one’s body. A number of things can change your natural state and cause "dis-ease". The first step in returning you to a health state is removing things that caused the problem in the first place. Things such as: injury or accident recovery, poor diet, bad digestion preventing absorption of nutrients, poor movement patterns, and chronic stress. Naturopathic doctors construct a health plan to change and improve the circumstances in which the problem developed.
2. Stimulate the Self-Healing Mechanisms.
NDs use therapies to stimulate and strengthen the body’s innate self-healing and curative abilities. These therapies include modalities such as clinical nutrition, botanical medicines, constitutional hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture.
3. Strengthen Weakened Systems.
Systems that need repair are addressed at this level of healing. Naturopathic doctors have an arsenal of therapeutics available to enhance specific tissues, organs or systems including: lifestyle interventions, dietary modifications, botanical medicine, orthomolecular therapy (use of substances that occur naturally in the body such as vitamins, amino acids, minerals), and homeopathy.
4. Correct Structural Integrity.
Physical modalities such as spinal manipulation, massage therapy, and craniosacral therapy are used to improve and maintain skeletal and musculature integrity.
5. Use Natural Substances to Restore and Regenerate.
Naturopathic medicine’s primary objective is to restore health, not to treat pathology. However, when a specific pathology must be addressed, NDs employ safe, effective, natural substances that do not add toxicity or additionally burden the already distressed body.
6. Use Pharmacologic Substances to Halt Progressive Pathology.
NDs are trained in pharmacology and how to use pharmaceutical drugs when necessary. If their state license permits, they can prescribe these agents themselves or if not, refer to a conventional medical colleague.
7. Use High Force, Invasive Modalities such as: Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy.
When life, limb, or function must be preserved, NDs refer patients to MDs who are expertly trained in these arenas. At the same time, NDs use complementary or supportive therapies to decrease side effects and increase the effectiveness of these invasive procedures.
American Association of Naturpathic Physicians (AANP)