Naturopathic Medicine Doctrine

Naturopathic Medicine is organically, and biologically conforming with the way nature’s laws work. It inspires respect for life. It emphasizes an interconnection between all living creatures, which depend on an harmonic relationship with each other, the world, and the universe.

Naturopathic key principles include “identify and treat the causes”, “first do no harm”, and “doctor as teacher”. The basis philosophical premise of naturopathic medicine is that there is an inherent power in nature and in every human being. It is the physician’s role to bring out or enhance this innate healing power within their patients. The healing power of nature is often called: the elan vital, the vital force or vis medicatrix naturae.

Naturopathic Medicine

Through functional medicine we have worked to develop an approach to health care which can be incorporated into the everyday practice. The emerging science of today has blurred distinctions among organs, and separation of function into different compartments is less useful as a concept. We now know, for example, that identical signalling molecules are released and received by all organ systems, and each influences the function of others. The view of the body as a collection of separate, interconnected parts is being replaced by the image of the body as a hologram.

The validation of naturopathic medicine

In the past 10 years, medicine has witnessed a revolution in molecular biology. We know now, for example, that modifiers of gene expression are produced not only by different organs but also by exposure to various agents in the diet and environment, including chemicals and electromagnetic radiation. This new view of health focuses on maintaining metabolic integrity and homeodynamics. Homeodynamics as a principle of functional medicine contrast with the concept of homeostasis in conventional medicine. Homeodynamics posits a similar control system functioning to maintain biochemical individuality. Applied to the body, the term homeodynamics describes a range of continuously occurring metabolic and physiological activities that enable an individual to adapt to changing circumstances, stresses, and experiences. Metabolic integrity and homeodynamics rest on the principle of dynamic freedom characterized by interconnectedness, omni potentiality, diversity, and redundancy of function. Loss or decline in any of these parameters can be seen as an altered state of health. Altered physiological diversity, for example, translates to a loss of metabolic freedom and a subsequent state of lower health reserve.

A change of focus from conventional medicine to naturopathic medicine

In naturopathic medicine assessing health depends on measuring this reserve rather than evaluating pathology. Whether changing conditions involving time, temperature, electromagnetic energy gradients, infective organisms, or trauma will lower degrees of metabolic freedom is a question that can be answered only in the context of the individual and his or her ability to maintain reserve and avoid reduced stability that comes from lost potential.

Why choose a naturopathic physician

You will be assessed and treated from a functional perspective. Functional medicine focused on dynamic processes that underlie and proceed the pathological state. Naturopathic doctors recognize diagnostic categories, but they also investigate underlying dietary, nutritional, lifestyle, environmental, and psycho social factors that might alter the patient’s state of health and investigate the “purpose” behind the expression of illness.

Illness as information in the naturopathic medical practice

Illness is a functional condition. It functions as an agent for change. Paying heed to the message that is being communicated by the illness enables healing to take place. In clinical practice, illness communicates its messages in many ways, including symptoms arising from exposure to chemicals, rashes or breathing difficulties from consuming food allergens, neck pain from repetitive workplace activity, and stress induced chest pains. In making a diagnosis, the naturopathic medical clinician must be aware of the message being sent and approach the patient’s illness not as an adversary to be overcome but as information that must be understood and acted upon.