Naturopathic medicine is the basis for what most of us refer to as Functional Medicine. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors combine centuries-old knowledge and philosophy that nature is the most effective healer with current research on health.
The foundations of naturopathic medicine are rooted in several principles:
- First, do no harm
- The healing power of nature
- Discover and treat the cause, not just the effect
- Treat the whole person
- Prevention is the best cure
- The Physician is a teacher
Naturopathic therapies are supported by many disciplines including naturopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, psychology, conventional medicine and spirituality. A Naturopathic diagnosis focuses on the underlying cause of the disease.
Naturopathic doctors, also known as ND’s, are primary care physicians who have attended a 4-year naturopathic medical school, are clinically trained, and many receive additional training in areas such as midwifery, acupuncture, and Oriental medicine. Naturopathic doctors view natural remedies as complementary as well as primary and work with other medical professionals when appropriate. Most ND’s provide primary care through office-based private practice and work in every aspect of a family’s health, from babies to geriatric care.
The Naturopathic view of illness is that it is not something that just “happens” to us, but rather the body’s way of communicating abnormalities with us. It is not enough to merely calm down a symptom, as the symptom is the communication, but find and treat the root cause of the symptom.
Dr. Margaret Christensen is Board Certified as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Christensen provides care at her Dallas practice, Carpathia Collaborative. Dr. Christensen has been named Top10MD for 2015-2016. Only 1 in 3 doctors succeeds with this recognition in the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Christensen link to her profile or call 214-553- 5522 today.