THE WHOLE HEALTH APPROACH
As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Moore created the Whole Health approach finding inspiration in one of the main tenants of her training – treat the whole person. Whether you are simply seeking a new diet plan or reversal of chronic disease, your treatment strategy will be based upon a broad spectrum of factors all of which make up the whole of who you are.
The Whole Health approach begins with the simple question why? By seeking out the underlying cause of imbalance, whether it be unwanted weight gain or development of disease, the endless chase after and suppression of symptoms can be replaced with deep healing and lasting results. To this end, Dr. Moore takes into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and cultural beliefs as individual factors that when taken together paint a picture of your total health.
When balance is found in your life, your health will follow –naturally!
WORKING WITH A NATUROPATH
Just like MDs, Naturopathic doctors are healthcare professionals that have attended an accredited medical school and hold a doctoral degree in the art and science of natural medicine. The basics are the same; NDs are trained in all the same basic sciences, diagnostics and pharmacology as any primary care MD you may have experienced. The difference lies in the philosophy of healing and the treatment modalities chosen as a result.
Naturopaths are trained with the understanding that the body has the capacity to heal itself when given the proper support. This means that treatment plans are designed to encourage healing on the deepest level.
At your first office visit, you can expect to have a detailed health history taken, including lifestyle, mental-emotional and relationship factors. Office visits are typically 45-90 minutes, offering you the opportunity to voice all of your health concerns and receive comprehensive guidance and explanation of any treatments that are recommended.
Services that are offered include:
Wellness consultations for both acute illnesses as well as chronic conditions such as autoimmune, rheumatoid, metabolic and endocrine diseases
Lifestyle counseling including diet plans for detox and weight loss/ gain
Concierge home visits for acute illnesses (offered on a case-by-case basis)
A full-range of holistic herbal remedies, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, physical medicine as well as GYN services
WHAT MAKES NATUROPATHY UNIQUE
If you're wondering what makes naturopathy a unique and vital philosophy and practice, take a few moments to explore the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians' detailed explaination below.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care -an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles upon which its practice is based. These principles are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances. The techniques of naturopathic medicine include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods. The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice:
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
Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual's self-healing process
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person which 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 (ToIle 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; acknowledge, respect and work with the individual's 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 -assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine is committed to the creation of a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.
Naturopathic medicine is defined by its principles. Methods and modalities are selected and applied based upon these principles in relationship to the individual needs of each patient. Diagnostic and therapeutic methods are selected from various sources and systems, and will continue to evolve with the progress of knowledge.
Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine including naturopathic manipulative therapy, public health measures and hygiene, counseling, minor surgery, homeopathy, acupuncture, prescription medication, intravenous and injection therapy, naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth), and appropriate methods of laboratory and clinical diagnosis.