Overview Of Naturopathic Medicine


Published on

1 Like
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • Its philosophy was first used in the Hippocratic School of Medicine of about 400 B.C.. Physicians in the time of Hippocrates believed that they should try to understand as much as possible about the laws of nature, and apply it to their practice in a practical way. They looked for the "cause" of disease. They often used the term "Vis Medicatrix Naturae", which is Latin for "the Healing Power of Nature," to note the body’s ability to heal itself. "Naturopathy" or "Nature Cure" is viewed by some as a way of life as well as a concept of healing that employs various natural means of preventing and treating human disease. Some of the earliest therapies used Hygienics and Hydrotherapy. The Eclectics that were the forefathers of modern "Naturopathic Medicine" tended to use any means to help their patients as long as it didn't harm them. Benedict Lust, a German doctor who emigrated to the U.S. in 1892, founded the health food store as we know it, and crystallized the focus of naturopathy on diet and nutrition as the chief route to health. During this period, health-food faddism rivaled that of the present day, with influential practitioners like Dr. Kellogg (of cereal-company fame) insisting that meat and other "unnatural" foodstuffs were wreaking untold havoc on human health. With the rise of increasingly sophisticated drugs and advanced medical technology after World War II, naturopathy fell from favour. It regained much of its lost appeal when the discovery of unsuspected side effects from DDT, thalidomide, and other high-tech wonders reminded people that “advanced care” sometimes had shortcomings of its own.
  • Tom is under stress at work and at home. His teenaged daughter has ADD and fights with her father regularly. Tom used to be physically active, but lately he has not been making the time to exercise. Lifestyle interventions for Tom could include special deep breathing exercises and meditation to help manage his stress as well as an exercise prescription like walking for 30 minutes a day. Tom’s diet is quite healthy but by increasing certain foods that have been shown through research trials to have a blood-pressure lowering effect, he may be able to reduce his systolic pressure by 10 – 30%. Chinese medicine sees high blood pressure as a consequence of a build up of “hot” energy in the body. Needling specific acupuncture points can help to reduce this heat and bring the energies of the body back into balance, resulting in a lower blood pressure.
  • Overview Of Naturopathic Medicine

    1. 1. Naturopathic Medicine
    2. 2. What is Naturopathic Medicine? <ul><li>Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that addresses the root cause of illness or disease and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. </li></ul><ul><li>Naturopathic doctors are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. </li></ul>
    3. 3. What education is required? <ul><li>University Degree </li></ul><ul><li>4 years at an accredited naturopathic medical school </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Board exams & provincial licensing exams </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is the approach to health care? <ul><li>The approach to improving health and treating illness is comprehensive and integrative; naturopathic doctors work collaboratively with other health care practitioners to ensure the patient’s needs are met. </li></ul><ul><li>Its primary goal is to address the cause. </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is accomplished by treating the whole person : mind, body and spirit. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Naturopathic Principles <ul><li>First, do no harm </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperate with the healing powers of nature </li></ul><ul><li>Address the fundamental causes of disease </li></ul><ul><li>Treat the whole person through individual treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine </li></ul>
    6. 6. Naturopathic Modalities <ul><li>Clinical Nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Examining the relationship between diet and health. </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment may include nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals and enzymes. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Naturopathic Modalities <ul><li>Botanical Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginnings of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. </li></ul><ul><li>Plants are used for their healing effects and nutritional value. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Naturopathic Modalities <ul><li>Homeopathic Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Developed in the 1700s </li></ul><ul><li>“ Like cures like” </li></ul><ul><li>Minute amounts of natural substances used to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Naturopathic Modalities <ul><li>Physical Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on techniques for the spine, joints and soft tissues. </li></ul><ul><li>Hydrotherapy and the therapeutic use of heat and cold. </li></ul><ul><li>Light, Massage and Electrotherapy. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Naturopathic Modalities <ul><li>Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Balancing the flow of Chi (energy) through the meridian pathways. </li></ul><ul><li>The use of acupuncture and oriental herbs. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Naturopathic Modalities <ul><li>Lifestyle Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Physical, emotional, nutritional and environmental factors all affect our health. </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance to help patients make effective lifestyle choices. </li></ul>
    12. 12. A little bit of history… <ul><li>Naturopathic medicine dates back to the time of Hippocrates -400 BC. </li></ul><ul><li>The term &quot;Nature Cure&quot; was coined in 1895 by Dr. John Scheel of New York City to describe his own method of health care. </li></ul><ul><li>In the late 19th and early 20th century, naturopathy evolved and grew enormously, rivaling conventional medicine in popularity. </li></ul><ul><li>Natural medicine flourished until about the mid 1930's when economic and political factors shifted the emphasis to conventional (“allopathic”) health care. </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in naturopathic care resurged in popularity from the 1960s onward in response to high-tech care that sometimes had significant side effects (such as thalidomide). </li></ul>
    13. 13. How does naturopathic care work today? <ul><li>Here’s what you can expect when you go to visit a naturopathic doctor: </li></ul><ul><li>An extensive history will be taken </li></ul><ul><li>A physical examination will be performed </li></ul><ul><li>Blood work or other lab tests may be recommended </li></ul><ul><li>An individualized plan of care will be developed for you </li></ul><ul><li>Visits will be scheduled to follow your progress </li></ul>
    14. 14. What does a care plan consist of? <ul><li>Care plans stipulate the types of interventions recommended for the patient’s chief concerns. </li></ul><ul><li>They are developed according to a an order of therapeutics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus first on diet and lifestyle factors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify and manage obstacles to healing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stimulate the healing power of the person’s body with energetic treatments like acupuncture, homeopathy and exercise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct structure problems with massage and manipulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Address damaged organ systems and pathologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suppress pathology if no other course of treatment is available </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Naturopathic Care in Action <ul><li>A case history: Tom is a 59 year old father of two who was diagnosed by his MD with high blood pressure 18 months ago. He takes a combination medication that consists of a hypotensive agent and a diuretic. His blood pressure is still high – it ranges from 140/80 to 180/100. Tom wants to know what can be done naturally to help normalize his blood pressure. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Care Plan for Tom <ul><li>Lifestyle: Stress Management, Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Diet: fruits and vegetables, lots of almonds, olive oil, pomegranate juice </li></ul><ul><li>“ Neutriceuticals”: CoQ10 </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Chinese Medicine: acupuncture </li></ul><ul><li>Botanicals: Avena, Crataegus </li></ul>
    17. 17. Care Plan for Tom Not applicable 6) Suppress pathology Botanicals 5) Address damaged organ systems and pathologies Not applicable 4) Correct structural problems Exercise, acupuncture 3) Stimulate body’s healing ability Stress management 2) Obstacles to healing (stress) Stress management, exercise, additions to diet 1) Diet and lifestyle Intervention Therapeutic Order
    18. 18. QUESTIONS?
    19. 19. Thank You! <ul><li>Janet McKenzie, ND </li></ul><ul><li>Naturopathic Doctor </li></ul><ul><li>Family Chiropractic Centre </li></ul><ul><li>136 Young Street, Hamilton, ON </li></ul><ul><li>www.mynaturopath.net </li></ul>