Naturopathic medicine is a method of practicing healthcare that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care providers who diagnose, treat and manage patients with acute and chronic conditions, while addressing disease and dysfunction at the level of body, mind and spirit. Naturopathic providers integrate conventional medicine with time-tested naturopathic methods to get to the root cause of disease and treat the whole person, rather than just the symptoms.
Naturopathic physicians follow the Therapeutic Order of Naturopathic Medicine, which are guidelines that help a naturopathic physician to completely resolve the patient’s symptoms and address the underlying cause while using the least force necessary.
Followed in order, naturopathic physicians seek the root cause and move to methods that invoke the body’s natural healing powers, determining how supplementary naturopathic techniques may aid the body before addressing any physical alignments to restore structural integrity to the body. If patients find that they’re unable to find relief through natural symptom relief methods, only then do naturopathic physicians employ synthetic symptom relief tactics or high force interventions.
Steps of Naturopathic Therapeutic Order
Naturopathic medicine works to implement the most natural methods of healing, prioritizing the least toxic and invasive therapies as a means of treating the illness and promoting wellness. Through viewing the body as an integrated whole, naturopathic providers honor the body’s innate wisdom to heal and use principles to guide the way they treat.