Naturopathy is a system of healthcare with a deep history of traditional philosophies and practices, medically trained practitioners and a breadth of natural treatment options to serve patients.
When to see a Naturopath or Naturopathic Doctor?
Among some Medical Doctors (MD) there is still a lot of suspicion towards Naturopaths. This is mainly due to the fact that it unregulated in many regions. We want to change this: we think naturopaths have a great role to play as a primary care provider!
The methods of an MD were and sometimes are quite rigorous: they operate (remove the bad stuff and hope the healthy part grows back), they prescribe you something that, in most cases, kills more of the bad stuff than it does the good stuff. And, this is more often than not, a very good thing. Because people visit MD’s often when it is too late for a natural remedy or natural adjustment, and outside intervention is needed.
Visiting a Naturopath beforehand can reduce the risk of getting to that point in the first place, but a Naturopath can also help boost the body’s own self-healing potential.
Naturopaths or Naturopathic Doctors, can, according to us, play a key role both before, and after the MD’s intervention, allowing the MD to focus on care where drastic intervention is needed.
Although there has been historically broad discussions on the principles and practice of naturopathic medicine, there was no formal codification process until 1986, when the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) formed a committee that consisted of naturopathic doctors Pamela Snider, Jared Zeff, and others. These practitioners spent over three years reviewing the historic data and documents and interviewing over 1,000 people. In 1989, a definition of naturopathic medicine and the description of the six naturopathic principles was formally codified and accepted by the two North American national naturopathic associations (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)). Based on the 2014/2015 global naturopathic workforce survey these principles appear to have international recognition and acceptance.
The naturopathic principles taught in most countries include:
- First, Do No Harm (primum non nocere)
- Healing Power of Nature (vis medicatrixnaturae)
- Treat the Cause (tollecausam)
- Treat The Whole Person (tolletotum)
- Doctor as Teacher (docere)
- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
The problem with Naturopaths and Naturopathic Doctors – our promise
Because the naturopathic approach differs from the traditional medicinal approach, there is often a barrier for the patient and the practitioner to really work together.
We ensure that all the Naturopaths trained by us have, in addition to naturopathic knowledge, standard medical training to perform triage. So that a patient who needs a referral to an MD or even the hospital is always referred.
We believe it is time for Natural Medicine and “Western” medicine to work together to relieve the healthcare system and teach people how to be more healthy!