What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is the art and science of treating the patient’s underlying causes for illness or disease by supporting the body’s natural healing process.
Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes prevention and aids self healing using evidenced based natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors diagnose using a full range of scientific tests to treat mental, physical and emotional conditions helping bring patients back to full health. They also have more expertise than any other health care practitioners in the area of prevention.
Naturopathic Medicine & Functional Medicine
Functional medicine is merger of naturopathic medicine with conventional medicine. Doctors who practice functional medicine seek to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms – and this is utterly central to the system of naturopathic medicine.
Functional medicine and naturopathic medicine are a system of medicine that address the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. This patient centred approach is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus to a more patient-centered focus, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just their symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners and naturopathic doctors spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, this integrated model of medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual to an optimal level.