Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic doctors are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions. Their aim is to discover the underlying cause of disease and treat the root rather than simply suppress symptoms.
Symptoms are viewed as an expression of the body’s natural attempt to heal which need to be addressed rather than just suppressed. They focus on disease prevention, patient education, and health maintenance, treating patients with the aid of safe, gentle and non-invasive natural therapies. Naturopathic medicine works to support the natural healing ability of the body.
Naturopathic doctors are guided by six principles. These principles outline the naturopathic approach to health and healing and form the foundation of this distinct form of health care.
-First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
-Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
-Treat the whole person (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
-Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
At Holly Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic in Barrie, Naturopathic Doctor Linda Shih, utilizes a number of Naturopathic therapies and select the most appropriate ones for each patient after taking into account the individual’s needs and what they would most benefit from. After taking a thorough medical history, performing a physical exam and recommending/assessing specific laboratory tests Linda Shih formulates an individualized treatment plan.