Happy National Naturopathic Medicine Week!

Updated: Sep 7

Naturopathic Medicine Week

By Stephany Porter, ND, FABNO


National Naturopathic Medicine Week

On September 18, Congress designated the week of October 6 through October 12, 2014, as “Naturopathic Medicine Week” to recognize the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care (S.Res.420). Come help us celebrate at The Bodhi Clinic this Wednesday, October 8 from 3 pm till 7:30 pm.  Appetizers and beverages will be served throughout the evening.  A tree planting ceremony is planned for 6 pm.  Click here for more information on the open house and the schedule of the events taking place.


What is Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct system of primary health care which emphasizes prevention and optimal health through the use of therapeutic modalities that encourage the individual’s ability to heal within as naturally as possible.  The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods which focus on addressing the root problem at hand. Naturopathic doctors follow six primary principles to deliver their patients the best possible care.


The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

First Do No Harm                                

Support the healing systems inherent in the body by using methods, medicines and techniques that are in harmony with natural processes.


The Healing Power of Nature        

Preference for noninvasive treatments which minimize the risks of harmful side effects. Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself by naturally supporting the body’s biochemistry and cellular physiology.


Identify the Cause                                    

Every illness has an underlying cause, often in aspects of lifestyle, diet, or in the surrounding environment. Naturopaths are trained to find and remove the underlying cause of a disease.  A deep understanding of biochemistry and cellular physiology is vital in determining the root cause of the problem.


Look at the Whole Person                     

View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical dimensions.  Every individual is unique, so every plan should be unique to the individual.


Doctor as Teacher

Educate patients in achieving and maintaining health.


Prevention                                               

Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.


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