Naturopathic medicine is a distinct profession of primary health care, emphasizing prevention, treatment and the promotion of optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and modalities which encourage the self-healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae.
The Vis, which may also be understood as chi or prana, is our bodies’, our communities’, and nature’s vital force and way of bringing itself into balance and wellness. For me, your symptoms or illness is one of the ways that the Vis communicates that you are out of balance, and creates an opportunity for you to learn from your body, be well, and heal. Inciting healing, balance, and wellness are fundamental to the therapeutic relationship in naturopathic medicine. We do this, not just by addressing your physical health, but your mental, emotional, and spiritual health, and begin to uncover the underlying cause of your symptoms or illness. We work together to remove the obstacles to your healing process with compassion, humor, education, and a number of supportive therapies.
Therapeutic modalities that we utilize include botanical medicine, homeopathy, therapeutic nutrition and food-as-medicine, supplementation, therapeutic exercise, hydrotherapy, osseous manipulation, craniosacral therapy, and counseling.
Our areas of emphasis are women’s health, adolescent health, and pediatrics, and the multitude of conditions, challenges, and transitions that accompany infants, older kids, teens, and women in their lives. Naturopathic medicine is also incredibly powerful in treating a variety of conditions, including digestive issues, allergies, autoimmune disease, endocrine disorders, environmental toxicity, cardiovascular or neurological disorders.
As a naturopathic physicians in Washington State, we are able to act as your family’s primary care physician or provide adjunct care alongside your specialist or PCP. We offer annual physicals, sports physicals, well-woman care, well-child visits, laboratory testing, vaccinations, therapeutic injections, minor office procedures, and referrals to specialists as any other family physician, in addition to prescriptive rights for conventional therapies.
Insurance coverage is available for naturopathic family care through most major health plans that serve Washington State. If you are uninsured or naturopathic care is not covered under your plan, a sliding scale is available.
If you have questions about naturopathic medicine and its role in your health, our practices, or whether our services are covered under your health plan, please contact the clinic for more information.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
The healing power of nature is the inherent self-organizing and healing process of living systems. Naturopathic medicine recognizes this healing process to be ordered and intelligent. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to support, facilitate and augment this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery, and by supporting the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.
Find The Cause (Tolle Causam)
Every illness has an underlying cause, often in aspects of the lifestyle, diet or habits of the individual. A naturopathic physician is trained to find and remove the underlying cause of a disease.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Naturopathic physicians utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful effects, and apply the least possible force or intervention necessary to diagnose illness and restore health. Whenever possible the suppression of symptoms is avoided as suppression generally interferes with the healing process.
Treat The Whole Person
Health or disease comes from a complex interaction of mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, and other factors. Naturopathic physicians treat the whole person, taking these factors into account.
The naturopathic approach to health care can prevent minor illnesses from developing into more serious diseases. Patients are taught the principles with which to live a healthy life and by following these principles, they can prevent major illnesses.
Establishing and maintaining optimum health and balance. Wellness is a state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotion, thought, and action. Wellness is inherent in everyone no matter what dis-ease(s) are being experienced. If wellness is really recognized and experienced by an individual, it will more quickly heal a given dis-ease than direct treatment of the dis-ease alone.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
The original meaning of the word “doctor” is teacher. A principal objective of naturopathic medicine is to educate the patient and emphasize self-responsibility for health. Naturopathic physicians also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.