Naturopathic Medicine

Based on the belief that the human body has an innate capacity to heal itself. Naturopathic doctors (ND) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and natural therapies to prevent and address disease pathways in the body. ND’s views the patient as a complex, interconnected system or whole person, not as an isolated system or organ. Naturopathic Doctors create individualized treatment plan that are specifically designed to optimize a person’s health.

 

Naturopathic Medicine is based on the 6 timeless principles:

First Do No Harm- primum non nocere
Naturopathic medicine uses therapies that safe and effective

The Healing Power of Nature –vis medicatrix naturae
The human body possesses the inherent ability to restore health. The physician’s role is to facilitate this process with the aid of natural, nontoxic therapies.

Discover and Treat the Cause, Not Just the Effect –tolle causam
Physicians seek and treat the underlying cause of a disease. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal. The origin of disease is removed or treated so the patient can recover.

Treat the Whole Person –tolle totum
The multiple factors in health and disease are considered while treating the whole person. Physicians provide flexible treatment programs to meet individual health care needs.

The Physician is a Teacher –docere
The physician’s major role is to educate, empower, and motivate patients to take responsibility for their own health. Creating a healthy, cooperative relationship with the patient has a strong therapeutic value.

Prevention is the best “cure” –praevenire
Naturopathic physicians are preventive medicine specialists. Physicians assess patient risk factors and heredity susceptibility and intervene appropriately to reduce risk and prevent illness. Prevention of disease is best accomplished through education and a lifestyle that supports health.

 

Licensing

Naturopathic Medicine is a licensed medical profession in the State of Connecticut. Physicians provide medical care including the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. Treatment is based on consideration of the whole person and their unique needs. Individualized therapy may include botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutritional medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, lifestyle counseling, and mind-body medicine. Naturopathic physicians are the only group of physicians that truly specialize in alternative and natural medicine.

At the present time New York State does not recognize the licensed medical profession of Naturopathic Physicians. They practice as health consultants and can focus their practice on the enhancement of health and well being. Lobbyists are working on obtaining licensure for Naturopathic Physicians in New York State. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the office for further information.