The Therapeutic Order pyramid, as seen above, shows the 7 steps leading to healing. These are the steps we, naturopathic doctors, follow to create a treatment plan that will help you heal. Our goal is to identify the cause of the dis-ease, remove it and to restore balance.
1. Establish the Foundation for Optimal Health
The obstacles to health are anything and everything that leads to a state of dis-ease. For example lack of sleep, stress, environmental pollution, imbalanced diet, or lack of exercise. By identifying and establishing a more healthful regimen, we remove these obstacles allowing the natural state of health to return to balance. This step is important to benefit from the effects of any additional therapy.
2. Stimulate the Self-Healing Mechanisms
Vis medicatrix naturae is what we call the ‘healing power of nature’ or the self healing processes. As naturopathic doctors, we recognize this healing power as our biggest ally. If we can stimulate the inner natural vitality each of us possess, this will bring a state of balance between systems. As a consequence, it will restore and increase health.
3. Support and Restore Weakened Systems
Individualized naturopathic treatment plans are created targeting those systems that need help to achieve a natural balanced state on their own. For example, our treatment plans often include strengthening the immune system, normalizing inflammatory function, decreasing toxicity, balancing regulatory systems, regulating hormones, and harmonizing with your life force to address weakened and damaged systems or organs.
4. Address Physical Alignment
Direct physical manipulation of muscle tissue and bone to correct structural integrity. Some methods include massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, bowen therapy, active release technique, osseous manipulation, and other physical medicine modalities are used to strive for optimal structural function and comfort.
5. Natural Symptom Control
When a pathology needs to be addressed, we recommend the use of specific natural substances, modalities or interventions. Stronger natural therapies are chosen to reverse specific disease states. Powerful botanicals, medicinal foods, vitamin/mineral supplementation, and other modalities are used to restore health.
6. Synthetic Symptom Control
Sometimes the use specific pharmacologic or synthetic substances is needed to address pathology. Pharmacological drugs can be used to stop the progress of a pathology when other methods are not viable or imminent risk is too great.
7. High Force Interventions
Aggressive therapies such as surgery, suppressive drugs, radiation, and chemotherapy, are used as needed when gentler and natural therapies aren’t enough at the time.