What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine in Michigan is a distinctively natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the wisdom of the natural healing process. By emphasizing balance through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing capacity of the patient, Naturopathic Medicine achieves a deeper level of healing.
Naturopathic Physicians are trained to serve as primary care general practitioners who are experts in the prevention, management, and treatment of both acute and chronic health conditions. Michigan has yet to recognize ND’s as primary care or Licensed Physicians, and legislation is being presented to change this.
Naturopathic Medicine is based on the following principles
1. First, Do No Harm
Naturopathic medicine uses therapies that are safe and effective.
2. The Healing Power of Nature
The human body possesses the inherent ability to restore health. The physician’s role is to facilitate this process with the aid of natural and nontoxic therapies.
3. Identify and Treat the Causes
Physicians seek and treat the underlying cause of a disease. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal. The origin of the disease is removed or treated so the patient can recover.
4. Treat the Whole Person
The multiple factors in health and disease are considered while treating the whole person. Physicians provide flexible treatment programs to meet individual health care needs.
5. Doctor as Teacher
The physician’s major role is to educate, empower, and motivate patients to take responsibility for their own health for knowledge is truly power. Creating a healthy, cooperative relationship with the patient has a strong therapeutic value.
6. Prevention is the best “cure”
Naturopathic physicians are preventive medicine specialists. Physicians assess patient risk factors and heredity susceptibility and intervene appropriately to reduce risk and prevent illness. Prevention of disease is best accomplished through education and a lifestyle that supports health.
Naturopathic medicine’s ultimate goal is to establish and maintain optimum health and balance. Wellness is a state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotion, action, and thought.
Is naturopathic medicine safe?
Yes, it is very safe. One of the primary goals of naturopathic medicine is “First Do No Harm.” The goal is to help you feel better without causing harm or uncomfortable side effects. This is especially true when it comes to the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, and the negative impact they can have on other areas of the body, apart from the area it was intended to treat.
ND’s are also trained in looking at the body as a whole, and analyzing the effects of how one system, or blockage, can have far-reaching effects upon other systems or areas of health, and to make sure all systems operate in harmony as a whole.