NATUROPATHIC PRIMARY CARE
Naturopathic primary care represents an ideal of patient-centered health care that meets your needs according to a continuum of conventional and alternative approaches. As a Naturopathic physician, Dr. Gonzales is capable of understanding the complexity and variation in health care approaches and helping you to decide the most appropriate interventions. Many people do not realize that Naturopathic physicians are trained to use many conventional pharmaceutical drugs and also to refer appropriately to specialists.
The philosophy of Naturopathic primary care differs from conventional care, however. There are six principle of Naturopathic medicine. The primary difference between conventional and naturopathic medicine is in the use of the principle of The Healing Power of Nature, as well as the interpretation of the other principles based upon a knowledge of the body’s healing capacity.
Vis Medicatrix Naturae –The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent ability in the body which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to recovery and to facilitate and augment this healing ability.
Tolle Causam– Identify and Treat the Causes
The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or merely suppress symptoms.
Primum Non Nocere– First Do No Harm
Naturopathic medicine follows three principles to avoid harming the patient: a. Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects. B. Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms. C. Acknowledge and respect the individual’s healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.
Docere– Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic physicians educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic physicians treat each individual by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental, social and other factors
Naturopathic physicians emphasize disease prevention, assessment of risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine strives to create a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.