Naturopathic medicine is based on the principle that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are taught to view the patient as a complex, interrelated system (a whole person), not as a disease. Naturopathic physicians individualize treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also optimize health.
Naturopathic medicine is based on the following 6 principles:
- First Do No Harm
- To act in cooperation with the healing power of Nature
- To address the fundamental causes of disease
- To heal the whole person through individualized treatment plans
- Docere – physician as teacher
These important principles of Naturopathic medicine are taken into consideration on each of your visits to Singing River. Your first visit will usually include a thorough history of your health, your lifestyle and your mental/emotional well-being. If it seems necessary, lab tests will be ordered and a physical exam performed. Once Dr. Means has a thorough understanding of your health, a treatment plan will be drawn up taylored to your needs.
In the state of Oregon, Naturopathic physicians must attend a 4 year graduate level school of naturopathic medicine, and sit for basic science and clinical board exams in order to prove their clinical proficiency. A licensed naturopath is recognized in the state as a primary care provider.
Dr. Means attended National College of Natural Medicine in Portland OR. She graduated from there with high academic honors in 1995.
To learn more about naturopathic medical education and NCNM you can go to their website at www.ncnm.edu