Naturopathic medicine is founded on six principles:
- The healing power of nature
- Identify and treat the cause
- Treat the whole person
- First do no harm
- Physician as teacher
I provide all of the following therapies in my office
- Neurotransmitter Testing/Targeted Amino Acid Therapy
- Physical Medicine (massage/bodywork, manipulation, microcurrent, exercise, hydrotherapy, physical exams, gynecological exams)
- Clinical Nutrition
- Nutritional IV Therapy
- Botanical Medicine
- Homeopathic Drainage
- Psychological Medicine
- Minor Surgery
Brief history of Naturopathy
The roots of naturopathic medicine go back thousands of years, drawing on the healing wisdom of many cultures including European (Monastic medicine), Indian (Ayurvedic), Chinese (Taoist), Greek (Hippocratic), Arabian, and Egyptian traditions. As a distinct American health care profession, naturopathic medicine is almost 100 years old. A committee of practitioners met in the early 1900’s and determined that their practice should be expanded to incorporate all natural methods of healing including botanical medicines, nutritional therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, homeopathy, and the manipulative therapies. These physicians called their profession “Naturopathy.”
Naturopathic medicine attracted more than 10,000 practitioners in the 1920’s. There were more than 20 naturopathic medical colleges, and ND’s were licensed in the majority of states. However, after the invention of antibiotics in the 1940’s and 50’s, naturopathic medicine experienced a decline as the medicinal establishment split and many doctors turned to pharmaceutical drugs and technological medicine. The idea that these drugs could eliminate a disease permeated medical schools and thinking.
Today with the realization that pharmaceutical drugs are not solving our healthcare needs, naturopathic medicine is again growing, attracting the attention of many health practitioners and their patients. Working with other healthcare professionals, ND’s receive and can make referrals to specialists as needed.
Patients can consult naturopathic doctors for diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions, general health care, and prevention of disease. Naturopathic practitioners use all standard methods of diagnostic testing and imaging including X-ray and ultrasound.
|Contact Rosetta Koach, LMT, ND at 503-628-6357 for Naturopathic treatments|