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Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine:

In a nutshell, Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine that uses the lowest possible force of intervention to stimulate your body’s own ability to heal itself and to help you feel better. Naturopathic doctors use a blend of traditional healing modalities and cutting edge modern techniques to address a variety of health concerns. Naturopathic doctors aim to heal the individual, in his or her totality, not just the symptoms.

Naturopathic medical training involves four years of rigorous studies in the standard basic and clinical sciences, in addition to natural health courses such as Botanical medicine, Physical Medicine, Chinese medicine, Nutrition, Homeopathy, and much more. There are currently seven accredited Naturopathic medical schools in America, which offer the highest quality of education in the healing hearts. Naturopathic doctors are trained in both conventional as well as traditional diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, aimed at creating optimal health.

Naturopathic doctors use targeted nutritional therapies, clinically proven botanical medicine, lifestyle counseling, supplement therapy, and so much more to address the root of your ailments and to help you feel so much better; mind, body, and spirit.

The full scope of practice of a Naturopathic Doctor depends on the state in which the doctor practices. The state of New York does not currently license Naturopathic Doctors, which simply means that there is no defined and outlined scope of practice in regards to the practice of Naturopathic Medicine. This means that New York based ND's do not serve as primary care physicians, do not order diagnostic testing, and do not treat using pharmaceutical drugs. However, New York- based Naturopathic doctors DO provide integrative holistic healthcare, DO successfully address your health concerns naturally and DO work with your conventional health-care provider (MD, DO, NP, etc.) to best serve you and provide you with quality holistic health services.

Please note, Dr. Naika holds a Naturopathic Physicians License in the state of Connecticut, which affords her the ability order diagnostic testing and to prescribe in the state of Connecticut.



Guiding Principles:
The following principles inform how we Naturopathic doctors address your health concerns, keeping holistic principles at the forefront of our approach.

Naturopathic Principles
  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): 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 (Tolle 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 substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary 
    • Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
    • Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ 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 work with 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 by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

Therapeutic Order:
The Naturopathic therapeutic order is the distinguishing element of Naturopathic medicine. This order represents how ND's work in a step-wise fashion to address healing. We pay careful attention to what level of intervention is needed for your given situation, and work to ultimately restore harmony to your whole system.



** Please note: It is imperative that you have a primary health care provider and/or appropriate specialist to diagnose, treat, and manage your health conditions. My role is to provide adjunctive (supportive) therapies, within the scope of my licenses and education, to help you feel better. 


DISCLAIMER:

New York State does not license Naturopathic Physicians to practice medicine. The practice of the profession of medicine is defined as diagnosing, treating, operating or prescribing for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition. Dr. Naika is not an MD and does not practice medicine in the state of New York. Furthermore, her services are not meant to replace or to be a substitute for those of a licensed medical practitioner in New York. If you seek the care of Dr. Naika in New York, she advises that you seek the concurrent care of a health care provider licensed in New York State. In New York State Dr. Naika functions as a health consultant, Acupuncturist, and herbalist. She focuses her practice on the enhancement of health and the prevention of disease. She uses her education and experience to give you educated suggestions. You agree to the physical contact necessary for assessment of your case and you make decisions that are right for you about whether to use her suggestions.