In recent years, naturopathic medicine has experienced a surge in popularity among the western world. In fact, it has become the first-line approach to health and wellness for many patients. Put simply, naturopathic medicine was founded on the premise that doctors should treat the entire person instead of only a specific area of the body or symptom. Also known as alternative medicine, it focuses first on the prevention of disease using patient education and healthy day to day living, as well as treatment of disease with natural, non-invasive methods that are based on the body’s capability to heal itself.
The Body as a Whole
From a naturopath’s perspective, the body is made of many parts working together, rather than independently of each other. Understanding the careful balance within the body means recognizing that imbalances and disease may become evident through isolated symptoms, but the underlying cause of the symptoms may be connected to physical, emotional or mental sources. Naturopathic medicine also seeks to identify environmental, genetic and social factors that may contribute to health problems or undesirable symptoms.
Naturopathic Medicine and Chiropractic
Chiropractic and naturopathic medicine go hand-in-hand. Like naturopathy, chiropractic uses natural, non-invasive techniques to restore and maintain balance and alignment within the spine – a practice that has been proven to prevent disease, alleviate pain and improve overall health and wellness. However, it also incorporates science and western medicine to help manage symptoms and deliver the most effective results while treating the underlying cause of health problems. In addition to pharmaceutical prescription medications, a naturopath will also use natural therapies, such as homeopathy, botanical medicine, exercise therapy, hormonal replacement and nutritional supplementation.
Although naturopathic medicine can treat a number of diseases and symptoms, practitioners are known to treat some conditions with especially effective care. According to the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, some of the most significant results are seen among patients experiencing fatigue, hormonal issues, allergies and depression. Other conditions commonly addressed and improved by naturopathic medicine include migraines and fibromyalgia. Coincidentally, patients with these types of conditions are also known to benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments.
Becoming a Healthier You
Here at Cascade Chiropractic and Natural Medicine, we are dedicated to helping our patients become the healthiest versions of themselves they can be. We combine chiropractic care and natural medicine to restore optimal health to the body without invasive treatment measures. For more information about our services or to schedule a chiropractic