THE MEDICINE

Naturopathic Medicine treats the individual person as a whole, not just the symptom.  They are taught to go deeper than a superficial symptom to find the root cause of illness and disease.  Small symptoms can often be indicators of a bigger, chronic disease process in the future.  

For example, if a patient is diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the allopathic medical model may dismiss the symptoms, or give the patient a prescription that simply suppresses the cramping, pain and diarrhea.  As a Naturopathic Doctor, I will strive to find the root cause of why there is discomfort and diarrhea in the GI tract, and not simply suppress or mask the symptom with a pharmaceutical.  By discovering the cause of the individual patient’s IBS, this can help the body come back into balance and ultimately prevent chronic disease processes from developing. 

Naturopathic Medicine utilizes traditional and specialty lab work as diagnostic tools.  Treatments options are vast with this type of medicine.  Philosophically, Naturopathic Doctors are trained to use the most gentle, natural treatment modalities.  

It is my goal to help patients reach their maximum potential in health and vitality.


"Whenever the art of medicine is loved, there is also love of humanity."  ~ Hippocrates


THE MEDICINE

Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.) are Primary Care Physicians trained in utilizing modern diagnostic skills combined with holistic treatment options.  The required education includes a four-year Bachelor's degree with Pre-Med course work and then the completion of four years of graduate level medical didactic and clinical training at at accredited Naturopathic Medical School.  These schools are modeled after traditional Medical Schools, where the first two years are focused on the basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry & pathology) and the last two are on clinical training.  However, in addition to learning pharmacology, students learn natural treatments for disease processes and conditions, such as botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, intravenous nutrient therapy, environmental medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy, and acupuncture.  As in conventional Medical Schools, Naturopathic Medical Students are required to sit for two sets of national boards during their four years of training.  

In the state of Arizona, Naturopathic Physicians are able to write prescriptions, however the goal of this medicinal paradigm is to use modalities of treatment that are the least invasive and most in sync with nature before turning to the prescription pad.


THE PRINCIPLES

Primum non nocere / First, do no harm

Naturopathic Doctors must provide the most safe and effective health care to all patient

Vis medicatrix naturae / The healing power of nature 
The body has the innate ability to heal itself when provided the optimum conditions

Tolle Causum / Treat the cause
Rather than eliminating or suppressing a symptom, it is necessary to identify and treat the underlying cause of disease

Docere / Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic Doctors are teachers who educate and inspire patients to feel empowered about their wellness through promoting self-healing

Tolle Totum / Treat the whole person
It is necessary to consider all health factors and influences when treating a patient – body, mind and soul

Praevenire / Prevention
Prevention of disease is the key to optimal health and well-being


"Make a habit to do at least two things:  to help, or at least to do no harm."  ~ Hippocrates