The onset of health issues often starts as simple problems or even “silent” underlying imbalances that continue to influence the body and go undetected or untreated, eventually culminating in more serious problems over time.
Disease announces itself well in advance with warning alarms for those who listen, as genetic prevalence, risk factors, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, all give clues that something is wrong.
Since naturopaths are trained to help patients make the right behavioral and lifestyle changes to discourage disease, visiting a naturopathic clinic can start you on the road toward better health, giving you your best shot at preventing disease.
Today’s naturopathic doctors blend modern, science-based diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with ancient and traditional methods, and they follow six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine:
- The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent ability in the body which is ordered and intelligent and naturopathic physicians identify and remove obstacles to recovery and facilitate this healing ability.
- Identify and Treat the Causes
Naturopathic medicine seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or merely suppress symptoms.
- Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic physicians educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health, and they also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.
- Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spiritual health and other factors unique to that individual.
Naturopathic physicians give emphasis to disease prevention, assessment of risk factors, hereditary susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent poor health.
- Do No Harm
Naturopathic medicine use methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects. They also avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms, and acknowledge the individual’s healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.
Risk Factors in Naturopathic Practices
However, a study that was aimed to describe clinical risk factor changes during the utilization of naturopathic practices found the following connections:
Supplements (vitamin and herbal): Some of the vitamins and herbs may interfere with prescription medications, and in large doses, certain vitamins may raise your risk of a disease like cancer.
Spinal adjustments: As part of naturopathic manipulative treatment, your practitioner may apply pressure to some areas of your body, like your spine. This can damage arteries, nerves, bones, and spinal discs if done badly, and in rare cases, it may lead to a stroke.
Detoxification diets: These treatments are meant to rid your body of toxins, and they involve cutting out certain foods or fasting. This kind of fast can be dangerous for people with some chronic conditions, like diabetes, and if you’re on the diet for a long time, you may run the risk of not getting enough vital nutrients.