Naturopathic Therapeutic Order:
Naturopathic physicians have a distinct philosophy that helps them address the whole person. We believe that it is ideal to choose the least invasive procedures first and advance only as necessary to more aggressive therapies. However, the therapeutic order is fluid and we may work on several levels at once.
1. We seek to establish the conditions for health.
At this level of the therapeutic order, our goal is to help you understand the potential root causes of what is creating your imbalances or diseases. If someone is living in a moldy basement or sleeping 2 hours a night, there will be a limit to what any medicine can do until the obstacle is removed. We will do a comprehensive review of the Determinants of Health (see below) and start finding some key places where we can help you enhance your life.
2. We stimulate your natural capacity for healing.
At this level, we provide treatments that help your own internal healing capacity to work better. Have you ever marveled at your wound healing after a cut? Or noticed that you recovered quicker (or slower!) than others from the same cold or flu? Your body has highly intelligent ways to heal and our goal here is to make that process work seamlessly.
3. We tonify weakened systems.
Here, we nourish the body and mind so that there is enough vitality to recover and heal. Even if we remove obstacles and stimulate your healing, if the system is depleted and worn down, we may face limitations. Therefore, it is critical that we provide nourishment to the entire system, enabling the fullest recovery.
4. We correct structural integrity.
Using soft tissue manipulation, spinal adjustments and hydrotherapy, we ensure that the tissues of the body are maximized to bring optimal health.
5. We address pathology with natural substances.
In some cases, we must direct our efforts towards a particular disease manifestation in the body. At this level, we use herbs and nutrients to target mechanisms and pathways of differing pathologies. Starting treatments with natural substances first greatly reduced side effects and complications.
6. We address pathology with pharmaceutical and synthetic substances.
At times and with certain ailments, medications are a powerful ally. Here, we bring in pharmaceutical medicines to maintain stability while we address other root causes and to keep our patients comfortable.
7. Suppress or surgically remove the pathology.
The final stage of our therapeutic order recognizes that for certain conditions, surgical intervention is critical (we can provide terrific referrals). There are many things that we can offer to promote well-being leading up to a surgery and in the post-operative recovery period.
Determinants of Health:
In treating the whole person, there are many aspects of your life that we will help you optimize. During our intake, we will evaluate these Determinants of Health and support you in identifying areas that might support your healing.
What is Ayurveda?
"hitāhitaṃ sukhaṃ duḥkham āyus tasya hitāhitam,
mānaṃ ca tac ca yatroktam āyurvedaḥ sa ucyate. (41) (Charaka Sūtra 1)
Āyurveda is said to be that science where what is useful and detrimental (to health/life), the happy and unhappy (states) of life, what is good and bad for life, its measurement (span/length), and life itself are described. - Ancient Physician Charaka (circa 400~200 BCE)"
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that was developed over thousands of years in India. It took many ancient physicians lifetimes of healing work to synthesize this system of medicine. The ancient physician Charaka (dates) codified much of the information that we have today on Ayurveda in the Charaka Samhita and the ancient physician Sushruta (dates) wrote his tome, the Sushrut Samhita, on topics including even surgery. In fact, Ayurveda was the first medical system to develop the practice of rhinoplasty (plastic surgery of the nose)!
What can Ayurveda do for me?
"āyuh kāmayamānena dharmārtha sukha sādhanam,
āyurvedopadeśeṣu vidheyaḥ paramādaraḥ. (3) (Vāgbatt Sūtra 3)
Those desirous of long/healthy life (which is) the means of achivement of dharma (right action), artha (wealth) and sukha (happiness), should give their utmost attention (apply themselves fully) to the teachings of āyurveda. - Ancient Physician Vāgbatt (circa 4th~6th century CE)"
Ayurveda can provide the individual with a comprehensive system that can bring a state of optimal health. Ayurveda uses many modalities to arrive there, such as herbal therapies, nutritional therapies, and yoga therapy. However, it is the Samkhya philosophy that guides Ayurveda in its consideration of therapies.
What is Samkhya philosophy?
Samkhya philosophy is one of the six ancient philosophical systems of India. Samkhya literally means "numbers" - this is appropriate as the Samkhya philosophy determined the characteristics of the elements that are numerous that comprise the manifest world.
Through an understanding of Samkhya philosophy, the practitioner is guided to understand how to align the patient with their own source of deep health and energy - called Purusha and Prakriti.
According to the ancient Ayurvedic practitioners, cosmic energy begins with Purusha and Prakriti.
Purusha is the male creative energy (unmanifest and dormant) which is swept into action by prakriti (the female manifest and creative power). This creates, according to Samkhya philosophy, Mahat or universal consciousness, which is still largely undifferentiated and all-inclusive.
From this, Ahamkar (our personal ego or "I am" quality) is generated and helps to create differentiation and separateness.
From there, cosmic energy divides into Sattva (energy of clarity, love, and compassion), Rajas (energy of activity), and Tamas (energy of dark/dull quality). These qualities combine and mix in proportions via the catalytic energy of Rajas (energy of activity).
From here, the energies divide into the subtle elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth. These generate the subtle sense faculties which are sound, touch, vision, taste, and smell.
Cosmic energy furthers its journey towards Earthly manifestation as the gross organs of sensation: ears, skin, eyes, tongue, and nose. As a final step, gross organs of action are formed: mouth, hands, feet, sex organs, and anus.
What's the importance of this complicated philosophy?
Ayurveda considers the balance of these elements (ether, air, water, fire, and earth) in the individual during consultation according to ancient prescribed evaluative practices. The health of the organs are also inspected and considered. A customized health care plan is constructed to bring balance to the individual. This aligns them with their inner power and helps them on their evolutionary human process of life with great ease and well-being.
What kind of tools does Ayurveda utilize?
Ayurveda utilizes many tools including:
What kind of conditions can Ayurveda help?
With Ayurvedic therapies, we will be able to help the following conditions [once we've graduated and been licensed]:
Tell me about well known Ayurvedic herbs?
Some well researched Ayurvedic herbs include:
The Ayurvedic Institute - Ayurvedic Studies Program 1 - Essential Ayurvedic Sutras
Jai Dev Singh - The Complete Course of Ayurveda - JaiDevSingh.com
Dr. Vasant Lad - Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing
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What is Naturopathic Medicine?
"Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods."
-American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Naturopathic physicians are trained as primary care physicians, which means that we can perform annual exams, order laboratory tests and prescribe pharmaceuticals. In addition to these conventional medical practices, we also utilize many other modalities with the aim of preventing chronic illness, finding the underlying cause for a disease manifestation, improving well-being and palliating ailments when necessary. Some of the modalities that we are trained to use include: Primary care, hydrotherapy, physical medicine (soft tissue work and spinal adjustments), botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutritional coaching, counseling and other detox therapies (like infrared saunas).