We are in the middle of a paradigm change. Our understanding of health and medicine is broadening, and both professionals and patients are embracing a more holistic, integrated approach. Patients are becoming more educated via the internet, word of mouth, and diligent study that there’s something significantly missing from medication in the present standard of care from the health care system.
What they’re discovering, and flocking to, is a group of doctors who have embraced this broadened approach to medication. Some of those professionals embraced a more holistic approach after realizing that there was something missing from their health care practice, and sought out post-graduate trainings to complement their understanding of holistic medicine. Other practitioners discovered their passion before entering medical school, and pursued the study of naturopathic medicine.
So this begets the queries, What is Naturopathic Medicine, and where does Naturopathic Medicine match in the paradigm change?
What is this field of medicine
Naturopathic physicians (ND) are experts in integrative medicine, combining extensive education and training in both organic and traditional medicine, highlighting the use of the safestand least invasive procedures to treat disease by restoring wellness.
The education involves a 4-year graduate degree program, national board examinations in clinical and basic sciences, and program including basic sciences, clinical sciences, diagnostic methods and tests, pharmacology, minor surgery, and variety of natural therapies including botanical medicine, nutrition and nutritional biochemistry, physical medicine, homeopathy, eastern and Chinese medication and mind/body medication.
Integral to this medication is a unifying philosophical approach to health summed up in The Principals of Naturopathic Medicine, which recognizes that the body’s inherent wisdom and healing capacity (Vis Medicatrix Naturae) and the doctor’s role to deal with disease by restoring the body to its natural and balanced condition (Tolle Causum).
Treatment programs incorporate several formulations, which may include nutrition and lifestyle modification, homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, IV nutrient treatment, and when justified, pharmaceutical intervention. ND’s start with the least invasive treatments and proceed to higher degrees of intervention just as required.
The Principles Of Naturopathic Medicine
Primum Non Nocere
First Do No Harm. This principle is in the foundation of any medical practitioner. ND’s follow a curative order which highlights using force necessary to restore health, using the least toxic and minimally invasive interventions and just moving to more toxic and invasive interventions when required
Vis Medicatrix Naturae
The Healing Power of Nature. First described by Hippocrates as the healing power of nature. It is a person’s vital force within that allows someone to overcome disease.
Naturopathic Medicine admits an inherent ordered and intelligent self-healing procedure in every person. ND’s action to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing procedure.
Identify and Treat that the Cause. The doctor attempts to identify and eliminate the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms the patient is undergoing.
Doctor As Teacher. ND’s instruct their patients and promote self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of this doctor/patient relationship.
Treat that the Whole Person
ND’s treat each individual by taking into account an individual’s physical, psychological, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spiritual, and other variables that contribute to one’s health.
ND’s highlight the avoidance of disease-assessing factors, heredity, and susceptibility to disease, and work towards making the right decisions in partnership with their patients to prevent disease.
Naturopathic Therapeutic Order
Establish the conditions for health – Identify and eliminate disturbing variables – Institute a healthier regimen
Stimulate the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae)
The self-healing processes, through low force techniques like constitutional hydrotherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture
Address diminished or damaged organs
Address diminished or damaged organs or systems (through botanical medicine, homeopathy, orthomolecular nutrients, glandulars, homeopathy, and other minimally invasive, safe, natural remedies )
- Decrease toxicity
- Harmonize life force
- Enhance regeneration
- Balance regulatory systems
- Optimize metabolic function
- Strengthen the immune system
- Normalize inflammatory function
Correct structural integrity
- Use specific natural substances, modalities, or interventions
- Use specific pharmacologic or synthetic substances
- Suppress or surgically remove pathology
As Gandhi stated we have to “be the change you would like to see in the world”. ND’s clinic the change they would like to see in medicine. Despite the fact that it hasn’t gained universal acceptance, These physicians have obtained a’leap of faith’, realizing that integrative medicine is the best medication and will gradually gain not just parity, but prominence.
Naturopathy goes beyond only integrating numerous treatments and modalities in treatment. It incorporates an integrative approach to all aspects of health and wellness. Starting from day one of an ND’s medical education and continuing throughout training, each body system, function, disease, and therapy is seen from a holistic standpoint.
It is extremely possible that virtually every integrative medical practitioner shares at least some of those philosophical tenants, no matter whether it’s known as”naturopathic” or”holistic” or”alternative”. It is also probable that lots of integrative practitioners disagree on some philosophies, approaches and treatments.
Having an underlying shared philosophical approach together with unique styles, opinions, ideas and discoveries gas development, progress and change. As like the doctrine and practice of Naturopathic Medicine is a component of the evolving awareness and paradigm change towards a more holistic and integrative approach to health care that will soon become the new standard for conventional medicine.