What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine, and is based upon the following six principles:
- First, do no harm.
- Promote the healing power of nature
- Treat the cause of the illness
- Naturopathic Doctors act as teachers
- Treatment addresses the whole person
- The prevention of illness is the best approach
In British Columbia, Naturopathic Physicians are licensed by The College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia. The Naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body as well as to treat the underlying cause of all illness and disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.
Treating both acute and chronic conditions, Naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment, and lifestyle factors. Below are some of the areas Naturopathic Physicians are trained in to restore health and wellness:
- Clinical Nutrition
- Lifestyle Counselling
- Botanical Medicine
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Homeopathic Medicine
- Psychological Counselling
- Physical Medicines
- Naturopathic Manipulation
In addition to these foundational therapies, Dr. Della also provides Intravenous Therapies, Functional Laboratory Testing, Neural Therapy, and will be providing both Neuro-Prolo and Prolo Therapy in the near future. Dr. Della will also be using Ozone Therapy in the treatment of many acute and chronic conditions later in 2017. Dr. Della is an expert on understanding how all aspects of health influence the body and mind. Her experience with sports medicine, woman's health, pain management, nutrition, and the mind-body connection forms a solid holistic platform from which she can provide patients with the ability to become healthy and well-balanced.