What is Naturopathic Medicine?

There are four primary reasons that that the human body fails to repair and rebuild itself – these are due to:

1. Structural interference

2. Toxicities  

3. Deficiencies  

4. Disintegration or disruption of communication.

These 4 reasons form the Zones within the Integrated Medicine model that was developed by Dr. Brown and is practiced at Ocean Park Natural Therapies.  

The philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine lies within six specific principles:

Healing power of nature: The body has the ability to heal itself if given the means to do so by removing the obstacles to cure- as outlined above.

First Do no harm:  Naturopathic physicians are guided by the concepts of using methods and medicines with the smallest possible side effects, least  suppression of symptoms, and using the least force necessary to bring about a change and cure.

 Identify and Treat the cause: The root of the ailment is the source of the cure – in order to bring about resolution, we must identify the root and eliminate it.

For example, it may be the case that the digestive tract is not adequately absorbing nutrients leading to a wide range of deficiencies such as bones, nervous and endocrine system problems.

Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians recognize that each bodily system relies other systems to operate optimally.  We use our breadth of understanding to best support restoration and repletion as needed.

To treat the whole person means that we must treat to restore integration into the whole person system and not just one part to the avoidance or exclusion of other parts of the self.

Doctor as Teacher: It is not enough for just the doctor to understand what obstructs health.  Each patient should be taught and learn how to support their own health and well being.  Thus part of a Naturopathic physician’s role is to instruct each patient on health maintenance and improvement.

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Each person is responsible for their own welfare.  When a person comes seeking help, Naturopathic physicians will provide remedies but they will also expect you to play a role in your own care.  The person who serves you best is you; therefore, you will be asked to take an active role in developing the healthiest you possible.

Our approach is such that we strive to treat each patient as an individual.  Every patient who is diagnosed with a particular condition has arrived there in a unique way.  Because this is true, each is treated according to their unique condition at that point in time.  The importance of this is invaluable in achieving health in a timely manner.