Dr. Kathy Chavez, NaturopathNaturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body is a complex, interrelated system that has an innate healing ability once obstacles to health are identified and removed. 


Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and natural therapies-botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy-to enhance their bodies' ability to ward off and combat disease. The roots of naturopathic medicine go back thousands of years, drawing on the healing wisdom of many cultures including Indian (Ayurvedic), Chinese (Taoist), Greek (Hippocratic), Arabian, Egyptian, Native American, and European (monastic medicine) traditions. Read more about Raby Institute Naturopath Kathy Chavez.


With the age of scientific inquiry, medicine took on exciting dimensions and developed new tools for fighting disease. In this process, many older, time-tested healing and health maintenance methods were discarded at a rapid rate as doctors began treating disease almost solely with surgery and drugs. Naturopathic medicine includes the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.


Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

  • The healing power of nature - vis medicatrix naturae
  • Identify and treat the cause - tolle causam
  • First do no harm - primum no nocere
  • The physician as teacher - docere
  • Treat the whole person - in perturbato animo sicut in corpore sanitas esse non potest
  • Prevention - principiis obsta: sero medicina curatur

 

Let Nature Heal
The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The naturopathic doctor's role is to facilitate and augment this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to support the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.

 

Identify And Treat The Cause

Illness does not occur without cause. Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and removed or treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Symptoms are expressions of the body's attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease. Naturopathic medicine addresses itself primarily to the underlying causes of disease, rather than to the symptoms. Causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual. 


First Do No Harm
The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, expressions of the body force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with this healing process.

 

Doctor As Teacher
The naturopathic doctor's major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for his or her own health, to be a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not the doctor, who ultimately creates or accomplishes healing. 


Treat The Whole Person
Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors. The naturopathic doctor treats the whole person by taking all of these factors into account. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is essential to recovery from and prevention of disease, and requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.


Prevention
The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is prevention. This is accomplished through education and promotion of lifestyle habits that foster good health. The naturopathic doctor assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions to avoid further harm and risk to the patient. The emphasis is on building health rather than on fighting disease. Because it is difficult to be healthy in an unhealthy world, it is the responsibility of both physician and patient to create a healthier environment in which to live. 

"My relationship with my doctor is one of the most important that I have. At the Raby Institute I don’t feel like a patient – I feel like a part of a community, a family."
- Raby Institute patient