The principles of Naturopathic Medicine are:
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Treat the Whole Person
The foundation of the naturopathic approach is to identify and treat the cause. Diet and lifestyle are evaluated and nutritional or botanical supplements are often tried before a higher intervention is utilized. Modalities that naturopaths might employ include orthomolecular nutritional supplementation, diet and lifestyle counseling, homeopathy, or intravenous nutrient treatments. In addition to these complementary medical modalities, a naturopathic doctor can prescribe medicine, order lab tests, and refer to specialists.
The theory and practice of acupuncture is rooted in ancient traditional Chinese medicine and is a form of medical treatment that has been used for thousands of years. Acupuncture uses the body’s own energy, or “qi,” to help balance, re-align, and ultimately heal itself. For over 3,000 years, acupuncture has been used by doctors throughout eastern Asia to prevent and treat ailments of all kinds.
When receiving an acupuncture treatment, very small (nearly hair-thin) needles are inserted in the skin at specific points that help activate the body’s qi, promoting movement of energy and supporting a natural healing process. In some cases, massage and “cupping” may be used to loosen tight, sore muscles and promote the free-flow of qi throughout the body.