Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathy grew out of a belief that all aspects of you and your health are connected.  Your body has an ability to self-regulate and is often capable of healing itself if provided with the proper support.  In naturopathic medicine, a symptom is viewed as your body’s way of alerting you that something is out of balance.  It is a signal to look deeper.  While naturopathic doctors are capable of treating symptoms in order to alleviate pain and discomfort, their primary objective is to restore health. 

Naturopathic doctors are primary care physicians that focus on restoring health rather than just treating symptoms.  In order to restore a patient’s health, NDs will take a comprehensive history and look for patterns that help point them towards the cause of a patient’s symptoms.  A physical exam, diagnostic procedures such as blood or salivary testing, and/or in-office procedures such as urinalysis may also be used to gain further information.  

Once a patient has been fully assessed, NDs use natural methods in order to bring about a state of health and induce the body’s self healing mechanisms.  Some of these natural methods include:

Nutrition and lifestyle counselling
Herbal medicine
Vitamin and mineral supplementation
Detoxification and drainage
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine - see acupuncture page
Bowen therapy - see Bowen therapy page

The 6 Naturopathic Principles

First Do No Harm

Identify and Treat the Cause

Treat the Whole Person

The Healing Power of Nature

Doctor as Teacher

Prevention is Cure


Copyright 2010, Dr. Michelle Marcoux