Naturopathic Medicine and The Evolving Paradigm Shift Towards Holistic Healthcare

Naturopathic Medicine and The Evolving Paradigm Shift Towards Holistic Healthcare


We are in the midst of a paradigm shift. Our understanding of health and medicine is expanding, and both professionals and patients are taking a holistic and integrated approach. Patients are increasingly informed through the Internet, by word of mouth, and diligent research that there is something significantly missing in medicine from the current standard of care in the American healthcare system. What they are finding, and flocking to, is a group of doctors who have also taken this expanded approach to medicine. Some of these professionals took a more holistic approach after realizing that something was missing from their medical training, and sought graduate training to complement their understanding of holistic medicine. Other practitioners discovered their passion before entering medical school and continued the study of naturopathic medicine.

So this raises the questions: What is naturopathic medicine and where does naturopathic medicine fit into the paradigm shift?

What is this field of medicine?

Naturopathic (ND) physicians are specialists in holistic medicine, who combine extensive education and training in both natural and conventional medicine, emphasizing the use of the safest and least invasive methods of treating disease by restoring health. Education involves a 4-year graduate program, national board exams in basic and clinical sciences, and a curriculum that includes basic science, clinical science, diagnostic tests and techniques, pharmacology, minor surgery, and a variety of therapies. natural including botanical medicine, nutrition and nutritional biochemistry, physical medicine, homeopathy, oriental and Chinese medicine, and mental / body medicine.

Integral to this medication is a unifying philosophical approach to health outlined in The Principals of Naturopathic Medicine, which recognizes the body’s innate wisdom and healing ability (Vis Medicatrix Naturae) and the role of the physician in treating disease by restoring the body to its natural and balanced state. state (Tolle Causum). Treatment programs integrate multiple modalities, which may include nutrition and lifestyle modification, homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, IV nutrient therapy and, when warranted, pharmaceutical intervention. NDs start with the least invasive therapies and continue to higher levels of intervention only as needed. This approach is described in what is called “The Therapeutic Order”

The principles of naturopathic medicine:

1. Do No Harm First, Primum Non Nocere: This principle is at the foundation of any medical professional. The NDs follow a therapeutic order that emphasizes the use of the least force necessary to restore health, using the least toxic and minimally invasive interventions and only proceed to more toxic and invasive interventions when necessary.

2. The healing power of nature, Vis Medicatrix Naturae – First described by Hippocrates as the healing power of nature. It is the life force of a person that allows an individual to overcome the disease. Naturopathic medicine recognizes an intelligent and orderly self-healing process inherent in each person. ND’s act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and enhance this inherent process of self-healing.

3. Identify and treat the cause, Tolle Causam: The doctor seeks to identify and eliminate the underlying causes of the disease rather than simply eliminate or suppress the symptoms the patient is experiencing.

4. Doctor as a teacher, Docere -ND educates his patients and fosters responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor / patient relationship.

5. Treat the whole person: The ND treat each patient taking into account the physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spiritual and other factors that contribute to health.

6. Prevention: NDs emphasize prevention of disease assessment factors, heredity, and disease susceptibility, and work to make appropriate decisions in collaboration with their patients to prevent disease.

Naturopathic therapeutic order

1. Establish conditions for health – Identify and eliminate disruptive factors – Institute a healthier regimen

2. Stimulate the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae): self-healing processes through low-force methods such as constitutional hydrotherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture.

3. Address weakened or damaged systems or organs (through botanical medicine, homeopathy, orthomolecular nutrients, glands, homeopathy, and other minimally invasive, safe, and natural therapies)

  • Strengthen the immune system.
  • Decrease toxicity
  • Normalize inflammatory function
  • Optimize metabolic function
  • Balancing regulatory systems
  • Improves regeneration
  • Harmonizes the life force

4. Correct structural integrity

5. Pathology of the address:

to. using specific natural substances, modalities or interventions

yes. use specific synthetic or pharmacological substances

6. Surgically suppress or eliminate pathology

Why naturopathy?

As Gandhi said, we must “be the change you want to see in the world.” NDs practice the change they want to see in medicine. Despite the fact that it has not gained universal acceptance within the United States health system, these physicians have taken a ‘leap of faith’, knowing that integrative medicine is the best medicine and will eventually gain not only parity, but also prominence. Naturopathy extends beyond the simple integration of multiple therapies and modalities into treatment. Incorporates an integrator Getting closer to all aspects of health and wellness. Beginning on the first day of a ND’s medical education and continuing throughout practice, each body system, function, disease, and treatment is viewed from a holistic perspective. Almost all integrative physicians are likely to share at least some of these philosophical tenants, regardless of whether they are called “naturopathic,” “holistic,” or “alternative.” Many integrative professionals are also likely to differ in some philosophies, treatments, and approaches. Having an underlying shared philosophical approach combined with different styles, opinions, ideas, and discoveries fuels evolution, progress, and change. As such, the philosophy and practice of naturopathic medicine is part of the evolution of consciousness and the paradigm shift towards a more holistic and integrative approach to healthcare that will soon become the new standard for conventional medicine.

– Dr. Stacey Kupperman, ND




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