Naturopathic medicine is specialty of medicine that bridges the gap between conventional medicine and traditional medicine, giving patient safe and effective treatment options beyond just pharmaceuticals. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care providers who diagnose, treat and manage patients with both acute and chronic conditions.
At Terrain Integrative Medicine we work with all other healthcare providers and will refer when necessary for further diagnostic workup or treatment.
Naturopathic medicine centers around the following 6 principals:
1. First do no harm
This principle speaks both to the nature of the treatment, but also meeting the patient and their condition where they are. NDs use the lowest force intervention appropriate, at the lowest effective dose, for the shortest time possible. In doing so, the risk of harmful side effects from treatment is decreased.
2. Identify and treat the cause
NDs strive to find and treat the undying causes of diseases, rather than just treating symptoms. The recognize the symptoms are the body's way of pointing us to the underlying pathology.
3. Treat the whole person
Treating the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of patients is essential for holistic healing. Treating the whole person also means considering their relationships and place in the community.
4. Support the body's natural healing ability
The body has an innate healing ability and NDs focus on supporting this ability. This is done by removing any obstacles to cure and recommending treatments that support healing.
5. Doctor as teacher
Educating patients on health and treatment options is critical to empower the patients to become an active participant in their own healthcare. The doctor is here to educate the patient and aid them in making informed decisions about their health.
Prevention is the best medicine. NDs assess risk factors and recommended treatments that focus on the prevention of disease or disease progression.
Food is foundational to health and healing. We work with you to create an individualized nutrition plan that best suits you and your lifestyle.
When appropriate, we use nutrient and other natural supplements to address deficiencies and support your body's innate healing abilities.
At Terrain Integrative Medicine, we are with you on your unique path of healing, and are here to help remove obstacles that get in your way.
We use herbs to help support the body in healing. Herbal medicine can help regulate hormones, ease stress, fight infection and more.
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