If you are familiar with the umbrella term “alternative medicine,” you may be wondering what exactly naturopathic medicine is and what naturopaths do.
Naturopathic medicine treats the individual using a combination of modern scientific practices and nature. Because each human being is unique and complex, naturopathic physicians do not follow a single path. Rather, we rely on a wide variety of noninvasive techniques and therapies which include healing techniques from both Eastern and Western traditions.
At the heart of naturopathic treatment is a holistic perspective focused on prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment to restore and maintain patients’ optimal health. Naturopathic physicians have faith in the body’s ability to heal itself and encourage this gift by helping patients to form healthful internal and external environments.
Traditional naturopaths abide by the following tenets, which guide our practices and help us to maintain a unified integrity of service to all who come to us in need.
There are just as many reasons to seek naturopathic treatment as there are individuals needing gentle, nature-based medicine that works for, not against, the body. Common reasons that individuals seek naturopathic care, however, include:
For the best possible natural healthcare, consider booking a session with a naturopathic physician. To ensure quality, seek out licensed practitioners who have undergone a four-year, postgraduate medical program, such as our skilled, empathetic team at Water’s Edge Natural Medicine.
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