Naturopathic doctors understand that what you eat is the basis for your health. Adopting a healthy diet is often the first step towards correcting health problems. Specific recommendations may be made relating to dietary changes and the use of vitamins, minerals and other supplements.
Plant substances have powerful healing properties. Many pharmaceutical drugs have their origins in plant substances. Naturopathic doctors use plant substances for their healing effects and nutritional value.
Mental attitudes and emotional states, as well as environmental and lifestyle factors, can be important elements in healing and disease. Counseling, stress management, and relaxation techniques are incorporated into treatment plans, providing an additional means for the individual to take an active role in one's health.
Naturopathic medicine uses hands-on methods of therapeutic manipulation of soft tissues and the spine. Exercise, massage, and hydrotherapy (the use of hot and cold water applications) are also used to enhance circulation and the immune system.
This gentle yet effective system of medicine is more than 200 years old and is based on the principle that "like cures like". Homeopathic medicines are very small doses of natural substances that can stimulate the body's self-healing and immune response. Homeopathy is a powerful tool that effects healing on a physical, mental and emotional level.