A Naturopathic doctor uses natural healing practices to treat a variety of health conditions. These treatments are individualized to each and every patients needs and can integrate with all standard medical treatments resulting in a truly holistic approach. Treatments commonly used by the Naturopathic Doctors at KIH clinic include Acupuncture, Clinical Nutrition, Botanical Medicine, Natural Supplementation Recommendations, IV Vitamin Drips, Bioidentical Hormone Prescriptions, Stress Management and Healthy Lifestyle Modifications.
At KIH we have 3 experienced Naturopathic doctors. They each have seven to eight years of post-secondary education including 3-4 years of pre-medical university sciences followed by 4 years at an approved naturopathic college. Areas of study include western medical studies including diagnostics and imaging, pharmacology, microbiology and differential diagnoses, however this is followed by studies in a variety of natural treatment methods including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine along with an additional 1,200 hours of supervised clinical experience.
The integration of conventional and complimentary education results in a truly holistic treatment protocol that is individualized to each and every patient's needs.
Naturopathic Treatments Include:
What to Expect During a Naturopathic Visit?
A Naturopathic visit is a very unique and refreshing experience. Enough time is devoted to each appointment in order to extract all information essential to determining the underlying cause of disease. The first visit is 1hr in length and includes a thorough examination of the chief complaint along with a complete assessment of relevant lifestyle factors. This information is used along with relevant physical exam information and standard diagnostic and laboratory tests to formulate an accurate diagnosis.
The second visit is normally 30min in length, during which time a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan is reviewed. An integrative approach which utilizes one or a combination of all naturopathic modalities and therapies is used.
The Naturopathic Principles
The practice of Naturopathic Medicine emerges from six underlying principles of healing. It is these principles that distinguish the profession from other medical approaches:
The healing power of nature. vis medicatrix naturae
The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The physician's role is to facilitate and augment this process, to act to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to support the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.
Identify and treat the cause. tolle causam
Illness does not occur without cause. Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and removed or treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Symptoms are expressions of the body's attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease. Symptoms, therefore, should not be suppressed by treatment. Causes may occur on many levels including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The physician must evaluate fundamental underlying causes on all levels, directing treatment at root causes rather than at symptomatic expression.
First do no harm. primum no nocere
Illness is a purposeful process of the organism. The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms which are, in fact, an expression of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complimentary to and synergistic with this healing process. The physician's actions can support or antagonize the actions of the vis medicatrix naturae. Therefore, methods designed to suppress symptoms without removing underlying causes are considered harmful and are avoided or minimized.
Treat the whole person. The multifactorial nature of health and disease
Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, a whole involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. The physician must treat the whole person by taking all of these factors into account. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is essential to recovery from and prevention of disease, and requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
The physician as teacher. docere
Beyond an accurate diagnosis and appropriate prescription, the physician must work to create a healthy, sensitive interpersonal relationship with the patient. A cooperative doctor-patient relationship has inherent therapeutic value. The physician's major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for health. The physician is a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not the doctor, who ultimately creates/accomplishes healing. The physician must strive to inspire hope as well as understanding. The physician must also make a commitment to his/her personal and spiritual development in order to be a good teacher.
Prevention is the best "cure"
The ultimate goal of any health care system should be prevention. This is accomplished through education and promotion of life-habits that create good health. The physician assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions to avoid further harm and risk to the patient. The emphasis is on building health rather than on fighting disease.
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The Naturopathic oath
I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of Naturopathic Medicine.
By precept, education and example;
I will continually endeavour to improve my abilities.
I will conduct my life and practice of Naturopathic Medicine with integrity and freedom from prejudice.
I will keep confident what should not be divulged.
I will honour the principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
With my whole heart, before these witnesses, as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, I pledge to remain true to this oath.
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