The Healing Power of Nature- Vis medicatrix naturae
Identify and Treat the Causes- Tolle causam
Doctor as Teacher- Docere (my favorite!)
Treat the Whole Person - Tolle totum
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
Nutrition is truly the foundation to our health. Our body tells us through hunger pains when it needs different nutrients to maintain regular body function. When we put the right things into our body, our mind gets the signal that we are satiated. We feel satiated when our bodies have what they need to facilitate the reactions that allow us to perform our activities, fight off infections, and ultimately heal. In this way, putting the right foods into our bodies, diminishes cravings for foods that we really don't need. Specific nutrients are depleted by certain lifestyles or health conditions, this understanding allows your health care practitioner to formulate and establish the right eating habits for each individual.
Herbal Medicine is a powerful medicine that can be used to treat a variety of health concerns. Herbs have been modified for use in pharmaceutical drugs for some time now. Constituents, or active components, of herbs have been isolated for their ability to induce change on a cellular level in the body. When we use the whole plant, we get more of a synergistic effect, with less potential to cause harm. Although potential for side effects, overdosing or toxicity is much less than with use of their pharmaceutical distant cousins, whole herbs are still powerful and need to be used responsibly. Herbs are excellent for digestive issues, hormone balancing, immune support and many other concerns. There are different methods of preparing herbs that allow for varying potency, prioritization of components extracted for specific purpose, as well as cost modification. Methods of preparation include poultices, healing salves, teas/infusions, and tinctures.
Acupuncture uses fine needles to activate channels of energy beneath the surface of the skin, and improve blood flow. It's strengths lie in the ability to reduce pain and inflammation, and treat a variety of physical ailments. Points on the body are chosen to target specific organ systems, improving function and the ability to work synergistically with other organ systems.
Homeopathy is the most difficult to explain! BUT it has earned its place as a healing modality as it has been used to effectively treat a range of physical as well as mental issues for over 200 years. What grabs me is that it has been most effective in treatment of babies and young children, as well as animals- populations where a placebo effect can be logically ruled out. Homeopathy is also great because it is exceptionally affordable, and has very little potential to cause harm or interact negatively with other medications. Feeling adventurous? Try a homeopathic remedy for whatever's bugging you!
We are educated in treating physical conditions in a number of ways, from soft tissue work, to osseous manipulation, as well as exercise and rehabilitation. We are able to treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions to get the body back to its optimal condition.