Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic medicine practice that combines centuries of holistic medicine wisdom with modern evidenced-based medicine and technology. It is steeped in treating the cause of a person’s condition, and treats the whole person, rather than treating his or her symptoms. Even persons with the same condition are treated individually. For example, five persons with eczema may all be given different treatments, since the cause of the rash may widely vary from person to person. On the contrary, while the emphasis of holistic medicine is on treating the cause, Naturopathic Doctors will simultaneously work to calm and reduce uncomfortable symptoms such as itching, pain or anxiety during the process of healing.
Holistic or Naturopathic Medicine recognizes the body’s inherent, intelligent and ordered ability to heal itself. Just as a simple paper cut will heal on it’s own given the proper conditions (it needs to be kept clean and dry), other organs and body systems respond similarly. A naturopathic doctor can help to guide you in removing obstacles to a cure and determining what support is needed for healing.
A Naturopathic Doctor is trained to use a host of holistic medicine tools, such as Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Nutrition and Diet, Environmental Medicine, Detoxification, Cleansing and Lifestyle practices. Additionally, since Dr. Hinkle is both a Naturopathic Doctor and a PA, she also is trained in Conventional Medicine and is able to utilize its tool box as well. This may include prescription medications, including compounding pharmacy prescriptions, if needed. Since there is a wide range of treatment options, the path to healing and the types of treatments used are always based on the goals and desires of the patient.
One of the roles of a Naturopathic Doctor is to educate you on your condition and to best try to determine why it occurred in the first place. Dr. Hinkle will discuss your condition with you, and may give you hands-outs and direct you towards various resources to prevent your condition from reoccurring and point you towards optimal health if that is your goal.
Lastly, although most persons seek out Holistic Medicine for treatment of a specific condition, Dr. Hinkle also practices Preventative Medicine where you may enjoy the benefits of a Wellness visit, and focusing on optimizing your health and vitality.
For more on Naturopathic Medicine, here is the listing of our tenets from our association website: Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.
The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice:
- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
- Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
- First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
- Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
- Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
- Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
- Doctor as Teacher (Docere):Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
- Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
- Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.