What is Naturopathic MEDICINE ?Naturopathic Medicine is a medical system in which the central focus is assessing, understanding, and thereafter treating the underlying cause of disease. Factors that contribute to disease such as: nutritional deficiencies, constitutional/genetic weaknesses, diet/lifestyle, improper or inadequate exercise, environmental toxic burden, emotional blockages, meridian/organ/glandular weaknesses, allergies/immune dysfunctions, are all meticulously reviewed as potential means of understanding the origin of the system imbalance.
A thorough history is obtained and standard and or specialty laboratory/diagnostic testing are ordered to elucidate the functional disturbance as it relates to the presenting health concerns. A treatment plan is thereafter formulated to address all the finds. Treatment could include botanical medicines, targeted nutritional supplements, custom Chinese herbal formulations, acupuncture, allergy elimination treatments, emotional blockage clearing, homeopathy, customized detoxification protocols, specialty dietary recommendations, exercise plans, and other therapies as is appropriate for each individual case.
The asset of this medical system is its distinct ability to correct the internal disturbance that initiated the onset of symptoms of unwellness. Conventional medicine, while very useful in the setting of acute illnesses (broken bones, end stage diseases, and any emergency medical situation), is not adept at addressing underlying causes of disease. Today we see a dramatic increase in the incidents of chronic diseases like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disorders, food and environmental allergies, infertility, digestive disturbances, hormonal imbalances, weight gain/thyroid problems, asthma/eczema, diabetes, heart disease, and mental illnesses. These conditions are best treated by healing the whole person. Treating the whole person consists in understanding how and why the condition came to affect the system, and targeting the treatment accordingly.