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So What Is Naturopathic Medicine & How Can A Naturopathic Doctor Help Me?

Updated: Apr 14, 2020


Naturopathic medicine trains primary health care providers (Licensed Naturopathic Doctors) in the diagnosis, treatment and continued care of acute and chronic health conditions. 

This natural medical paradigm seeks to address the root cause of disease or dysfunction and considers the patient as a whole; body, mind and spirit. Naturopathic medicine is by nature individualized in its care of patients, understanding that every patient is different and requires individual consideration when treating and prescribing.

Naturopathic doctors use the following to help treat their patients:

  • Lifestyle Counselling: Sleep, Diet, Stress, etc

  • Nutritional Therapies and Supplements: Vitamins, Minerals, etc

  • Botanical (Herbal) Medicines: Plants

  • Acupuncture and Asian Medicine

  • Physical Medicine Therapies: Massage, Cupping, Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Work, etc

  • Homeopathy; Specific remedies prescribed on an individual basis

Naturopathic medicine is guided by 6 core principles that each doctor takes an oath to honour before graduating.

  • First, to do no harm

  • Treat the root causes of disease; rather than symptom suppression alone

  • Teach the foundations of healthy living and reinforce preventative medicine; doctor as teacher to teach empowering principles for healthy living

  • Heal the whole person through individualized treatment; treat the physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors of illness

  • Prevention; treat now to prevent chronic disease later in life

  • Support the healing power of the body; the vis medicatrix naturae; by identifying & removing obstacles to health while supporting the body's natural healing capability If you are still unsure if Naturopathic Medicine is right for you, Dr. Nicole Roberts of Shelburne Family Chiropractic is able to provide a complimentary 15-minute consultation which can be booked online here.

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