"Providing health care utilizing natural medicine as the basis for healing to occur"
The following article by Dr. Kies was published in Enjoy Whole Health Your Guide To Health and Well Being January - February 2003
A common response when telling people of my profession in Naturopathic medicine is an inquiry to know more about the practice of Naturopathic medicine. The following is a response to this question.
Naturopathic medicine has been described as a method of treating human ailments that recognizes that all healing is dependent upon the curative force within the body. It attempts to find the underlying cause of disease, remove this cause, and assist nature's constant effort toward health. The amazing thing about the human body is its continually striving for health.
Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine are specialists in natural medicine and preventative health care, integrating scientific knowledge with traditional healing wisdom. They are healthcare professionals who use safe, gentle, non-invasive therapies to assist the whole person in maximizing the body's inherent self-healing capacity.
The following tenets govern the practice of naturopathic medicine:
1. Identify and Treat the Cause
The Naturopathic doctor seeks to identify and to remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or supress symptoms.
2. First Do No Harm
Use methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects. Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppressing of symptoms.
Acknowledge, respect, and work with the individual's physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors.
3. Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic doctors share information and knowledge with their patients and encourage self-reponsibility.
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