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Naturopathic Medicine Is Scientifically Based
Naturopathic practice covers all aspects of family health by blending centuries-old, non-toxic, natural therapies with advances in the science of health and human systems.
Conventional (mainstream) or allopathic medicine, as it is sometimes referred to, generally treats symptoms with drugs. Allopathic medicine attempts to create a force opposite to the system. For example, a persistently runny nose might be treated with a drug to dry the sinuses.
Natural medicine concentrates on whole-patient wellness while emphasizing prevention and self-care, and it de-emphasizes over-reliance on the doctor and "crisis medicine." Naturopathic physicians attempt to find the underlying causes of illness rather than focusing mainly on the treatment of symptoms. For example, that persistently runny nose might be caused by a food allergy or environmental factors.
Five Forces of Illness
One way to describe the uniqueness of this wholistic system is that in most diseases or conditions, five common and interrelated forces can be found years, or even decades, before the ailment has progressed far enough to be diagnosed. They are:
1) Malnutrition ("sludge" or insufficient fuels)
2) Impaired metabolism (including burnout or any stress-induced imbalance that weakens you from the
3) Inflammation (heat)
4) Impaired detoxification (waste)
5) Oxidative stress (rust)
By addressing these five forces of illness through less-invasive methods of earlier detection and "balancing" treatment, many disease chain-reaction processes can be prevented or slowed before the crises occur and heroic intervention is needed.