Naturopathic Medicine, What Is It?
Naturopathic medicine is a primary healthcare system that blends scientific knowledge and diagnostics with more traditional and natural medicines. The underlying philosophy of naturopathic medicine is to support the body’s own recuperative capacity and address the root cause(s) of disease and is guided by the following principles:
- First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
- Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
- Treat the Whole Person
- Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Symptoms are understood as warning signs that our body our body isn’t working well whether that be from unhealthy lifestyle choices, genetic predisposition, structural imbalances, infection, toxin exposure or inadequate nutrition. Disease is seen as a process rather than an entity. Through a thorough history, relevant diagnostics, lifestyle counselling, diet, herbs, nutrients and related medicines, a treatment program based upon the prime causes of your condition will be developed.
Most third-party health insurers do cover naturopathic visits though testing and treatment coverage are usually policy-specific.