The goal of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person - that means mind, body, and spirit. It also aims to heal the root causes of an illness - not just stop the symptoms.
Naturopathic medicine is a system that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself. It embraces many therapies, including herbal medicine kinesiology, iridology, stress management exercise, and nutritional counselling.
Naturopathy combines traditional treatments with modern science.
Naturopathic medicine focuses on education and prevention, so your therapist may give you a specific diet, vitamins or minerals, a herbal formula, an exercise regime, and stress management tips. Like peeling the layers of an onion, Naturopathy aims to reverse the process of disease, following 'Herrings Law of Cure' which states recovery of health will go from the inside out, from vital to less vital organs, from the torso to the extremities.
Naturopathic physicians (also called naturopathic doctors (ND's) or pracitioners of naturopathic medicine) must attend an accredited four year, graduate-level school (we are university qualified). ND's learn the same basic sciences as conventional medical doctors (MD's) and also study nutrition, psychology and complementary therapies such as herbal medicine and homeopathy.
"The oldest existing therapeutic systems used by humanity for health and wellbeing are called Traditional Medicine or Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In general, naturopathy emphasises prevention, treatment and the promotion of optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and modalities which encourage the self-healing process "the vis medicatrix naturae." The philosophical approaches of naturopathy include prevention of disease, encouragement of the body's inherent healing abilities, natural treatment of the whole person, personal responsibility for one's health and education of patients in health promoting lifestyles. Naturopathy blends centuries-old knowledge of natural therapies with current advances in the understanding of health and human systems. Naturopathy, therefore, can be described as the general practice of natural health therapies." World Health organiszation 2019
" Healing with the clean, pure, beautiful agents of nature is surely the one method of all which appeals to most of us." Dr Edward Bach