• Natalie Hennessey

Identify and Treat the Causes | Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Updated: May 28, 2020

The third principal of naturopathic medicine is to ๐ˆ๐ƒ๐„๐๐“๐ˆ๐…๐˜ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐“๐‘๐„๐€๐“ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐‚๐€๐’๐”๐’๐„๐’.โฃ

While this may seem like common sense, some treatments don't actually address the cause of disease or ailments. It may be that a treatment (like diet, medication, etc..) is only treating and acting on the symptoms that a patient is experiencing. โฃ

๐–๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐œ ๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ข๐ฆ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐Ž๐“๐‡ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ & ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ.โฃ

For example, if you are dealing with a sore back, an ND might recommend or prescribe a pain relieving medication or supplement, recommend you to a chiropractor, remove inflammatory foods from the diet and offer therapeutic massage or acupuncture to address the body directly. โฃ

Perhaps you've lost your period or it's a bit wonky. An allopathic doctor may recommend some blood work and starting the birth control pill. While this isn't wrong, an ND might request more in depth blood work, look at your diet, consider the Chinese Medicine diagnosis and work with you to restore proper hormone functioning. โฃ

So, here is something to think about: are you addressing the cause of your ailment, or are you just treating it?

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