To me, naturopathic medicine does not simply act as an alternative to allopathic or Western medicine. Nor is it just giving vitamins, minerals and supplements instead of pharmaceutical medications. Naturopathic medicine is defined by it's philosophies and principles, which dictate how to treat a person, not what to treat them with. The principles of naturopathic medicine are as follows:
- First, do no harm - shared by all medical practitioners, ensure that no harm will be done to the patient as a result of treatment.
- Identify and treat the cause of disease - instead of suppressing symptoms, find and treat the underlying cause of them.
- Treat the whole person through individualized treatment - view the body as a integration of the physical, mental and emotional.
- Use the healing power of nature (the Vis Medicatrix Naturae) - the body has an inherent ability to heal itself.
- Doctor as teacher - patient education and empowerment, making sure you understand your diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Disease prevention and health promotion - a focus on overall well-being and prevention of chronic diseases based on risk factors.
What treatments do you use?
There are many tools that can be used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, and these are catered to the individual based on a wide variety of factors. Some of the therapies I use are:
- Diet and Lifestyle
- Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
- Nutritional Supplements
- Botanical or Herbal Medicine
Benefit from your benefits!
Though Naturopathic Medicine is not covered by OHIP, many extended health insurance plans provide financial coverage. Check with your insurance provider or employer for more details.