Utilizing modern, traditional, scientific and empirical methods, naturopathic medicine embraces nature’s own healing power by focusing on the prevention of illness and promoting optimal health. Patients use natural therapeutics to assist their body’s inherent self-healing process and are encouraged to pursue their personal spiritual development.
At Holgistic, naturopathic medical treatment is led by Dr. Victoria Modica, a licensed naturopathic physician. She is trained in primary care medicine and is a highly regarded expert in the prevention and holistic treatment of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular, autoimmune and digestive disorders.
The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice:
- 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. 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. Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
- Utilization of methods and medicinal substances that minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat
- Avoidance, when possible, of the harmful suppression of symptoms
- Acknowledgement and ability to respect and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
- Doctor as teacher. Naturopathic physicians educate 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 and social needs as well as other factors.
- 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.