Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary healthcare that focuses on prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. A naturopathic doctor specializes in natural and least-invasive therapies and is trained to diagnose and treat disease. A naturopathic doctor works to address the underlying cause of disease, rather than simply attending to the symptoms. Our medicine asks for patient participation, and aims to empower them in caring for their own health. The 6 principles of naturopathic medicine are as follows; First Do No Harm, Identify and Treat the Causes, acknowledge The Healing Power of Nature/Trust the Body, Doctor as Teacher, Treat the Whole Person, and Prevention.
Dr. Mescon approaches each individual patient by considering their particular case in the context of what naturopathic doctors call the Therapeutic Order. This is a system for organizing the thought process that attends to all aspects of the patient’s health. The naturopathic therapeutic order has 7 levels, and though they need not be followed in exact order, each aspect should be considered in each individual case. Below you will find an explanation of this therapeutic order and how naturopathic doctors use it to guide their care of patients.
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