What is Naturopathic Medicine?

 

Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and achievement of optimal health through the use of traditional therapeutic and modern scientific methods to encourage a person's innate ability to heal.

 

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.

  • Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopathic doctor seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms. 

  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic doctors follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:

    • Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat; 

    • Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and

    • Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process. 

  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic doctors educate their clients and encourage self-responsibility for health.

  • Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic doctors take into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, Naturopathic doctors encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development. 

  • Prevention: Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

Disclaimer

Dr. Miles holds her license as a Naturopathic Physician in the state of Arizona.  Texas currently does not license Naturopathic doctors. Naturopathic doctors in this state are not currently recognized as Medical doctors and are not Doctors of Osteopathy, nor do they offer medical advice or prescribe medications. They can operate as Natural Health consultants.

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Texas Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges
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