Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic approach to whole-body wellness. A Naturopathic Doctor takes into account the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a person when devising a treatment plan, after taking a thorough intake and physical exam. The goal of this process is to realign the body with its natural state of health.
Wherever possible, naturopathic treatment aims to allow the body to heal naturally. This concept of vis medicatrix naturae or “healing power of nature” is one of the central concepts of Naturopathic philosophy. To facilitate this process, Naturopaths work not only on symptom alleviation, but also address the cause of illness itself. If someone is experiencing chronic symptoms of poor digestive function, for example, it may be necessary to assess nutritional intake and immune function of that person. Once potential causes such as lifestyle, nutritional imbalance, immune dysfunction or toxicity have been addressed and ideally resolved, the body can more easily attain a state of health.
Dr. Sarah Connors (N.D.) offers Naturopathy at Knead a Break. She is a member in good standing with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).