To provide non-invasive natural health therapies to ease suffering and bring the body/mind/ spirit back to balance through supporting the body's natural healing processes and treating the root cause of the problem.
THE 6 TENANTS OF
Primum No Nocere: First Do No Harm
Two aspects of this tenant are as follows. First, naturopathic physicians use low-risk procedures and healing compounds with few or no side effects. Second, whenever possible we do not suppress symptoms, which are the body's efforts to heal itself. For example, the body may produce a fever in reaction to a bacterial infection. Fever creates an inhospitable environment for the harmful bacteria, thereby destroying it. Of course, a naturopathic physician would not allow the fever to get dangerously high.
Vis Medatrix Naturae: The Healing Power of Nature
Mother nature is wise. The human being has an innate ability to establish, maintain and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent. It is the job of the physician to facilitate that healing process by identifying and removing the obstacles of health and recovery.
Tolle Causam: Identify and Treat the Cause
Illness does not occur without a cause. Symptoms will only return if the root of the illness is not addressed. Symptoms express the body's attempt to heal itself, but not the cause of disease. Symptoms, therefore, should not be suppressed by treatment. The natural healing process should be supported while exploring the root of illness. Causes may occur on all levels, including mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels.
Tolle Totum: Treat the Whole Person
The human being is a whole organism of complex interacting systems. We each have unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and spiritual makeup. The role of the physician is to take all these interactions into account when treating a patient. A comprehensive approach to evaluation and treatment is essential to restoring health.
Docere: Doctor as Teacher
The doctor-patient relationship has inherent therapeutic value. The physician's major role is to educate and encourage patients to take responsibility for their own health. The physician acts as a catalyst for change and hope, educating patients how to eat, exercise, relax and nurture themselves physically and emotionally.
Prevention is the Best Cure
The ultimate goal of any health care system should be the prevention of disease. Naturopathic physicians assess individual risk factors, heredity and vulnerability to disease. By getting treatment for greater wellness, we increase productivity and enjoyment in life while being less likely to need invasive, costly treatments in the future.
Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, Chinese medicine is a sophisticated and refined approach to healing. Through the understanding of ancient medical texts, clinical observation and modern empirical research, Chinese medicine has become one of the most widely practiced forms of medicine in the world.
It views the human being as a small universe in which the physical, emotional and spiritual being are interconnected by Qi (pronounced "chee"). Qi can be thought of as a network of energy that connects all parts of the body along meridians. The presence or absence of harmony between the systems of the body leads to the root cause of disease . Hence, the flow or stagnation of Qi can determine an individual's health.
Chinese medicine employs various therapies for restoring harmony between the individual and the outside environment. Acupuncture is merely one form of treatment. Basically, it assists the flow of Qi to stagnant areas of the body through the use of hair-thin needles placed in specific points along meridians.
Herbal therapies are the other major constituent of Chinese medicine. These formulas are individualized for each patient based on their current condition and constitution. The herbs can be delivered in the form of a tea or in granules, to which the patient will just add water.