What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, based on proven results that there is an innate self-healing ability. Our approach is simple, the body has an amazing ability to maintain it's own health when given the right amounts and types of healthy signals. When harmful signals are removed and healthy ones enhanced, cells and organ systems are capable of creating healthy outcomes.
As Naturopathic doctors, we treat the root cause of disease so you are cured of your illness. Sounds simple right? Well for many of us who grew up with symptom based medicine (like me!), this can be a difficult concept to really take in. Instead of 'I have a fever, I need to lower it', it's shifting your thinking to 'My body mounted a fever, great! It knows what its doing and I'm going to rest, support my body and get well. If I need extra support I'll call my doctor to see how I can support my body through this. If I take medicine to lower my fever it may take me longer to get well.' (PS- see my health tips on fevers). I am not using natural medicines INSTEAD of pharmaceuticals. Naturopathic doctors use natural medicines to stimulate your bodies own healing ability.