Fertility and Naturopathic Medicine

In today's fast-paced world we must deal with higher levels of environmental stressors than our parents and grandparents could have ever dreamed of. Our drinking water, the food we eat, even the air we breathe have all been affected. Worldwide, with the increase of environmental pollution, fertility rates are declining. Yet there are things that you can do to lessen and/or eliminate these effects.

Naturopathic medicine is all about tapping into the healing power of nature. (See "What is Naturopathic Medicine?" below.) While medical science has difficulty explaining why some people are unable to conceive, naturopathy looks at the body's inherent ability to achieve balance. Being out of balance is often the reason for our reduced fertility. This balance may need to be adjusted in a number of areas: nutrition, lifestyle issues, energy levels and energy flow (acupuncture, homeopathy affect energy levels and energy flow in the body).

Naturopathic Doctors must complete four years of professional training at a recognized college of Naturopathic Medicine. Pre-admission requirements include three years of pre-medical studies at a university. Naturopathic training includes basic medical & clinical sciences, diagnostics, naturopathic philosophy and therapeutics as well as extensive clinical experience. Graduates receive the title N.D. or Doctor of Naturopathy.

 

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinctively natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the integrity of the whole person. Methods of treatments are chosen to work with the patient's vital force (inherent healing capacity of the person), respecting the intelligence of the natural healing process. The practice of Naturopathic Medicine emerges from six underlying principles of healing:

1) The healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae)

2) Identify and treat the cause (tolle causam)

3) First do no harm (primum no nocere)

4) Treat the whole person (the multifactorial nature of health and disease)

5) The physician as teacher (docere)

6) Prevention (prevention is the best "cure")