Synergistic, person-centered wellness.
Naturopathy is a philosophy and system of health and wellness that is centered on the healing power of nature (Medicatrix Naturae).
Simply put, a naturopath believes that when the body has everything it needs to function well it will return to balance and health. Symptoms that once plagued a person are no longer present, and the person experiences health to their fullest potential.
A Naturopath utilizes modalities and methods that promote wellness without negative side effects. These may include diet and lifestyle coaching, essential oils, herbs, supplements, body work, flower essences, homeopathic remedies, and even holistic counseling. The Naturopath finds questions like, "what can I take for (this symptom)?" to be hard to answer. Are there herbs and remedies for your symptoms? Most likely! But Naturopathy doesn't advocate for the treatment of symptoms but for the care and education of a person as a whole. To simply address symptoms without considering the whole of a person and the root cause means that a person may forever be dependent on a program to manage their wellness, and that's not something most Naturopaths want for their clients.
This means that all factors of a person's life are considered when a plan is put together. And once a person's body and life rebalance, we switch from "crisis mode" to "maintainence and prevention mode." A good Naturopath will help, support, explain, teach, and most importantly, empower you towards wellness. Wellness, in this instance, is not achieved through heavy handedness or force, but through the blossoming of your own knowledge, experience, and abilities.
The core tenants of Naturopathy are summed up in the following seven tenants:
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Identify and Treat the Root Causes (Tolle Causam)
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Treat the Whole Person