The past 30 years have seen an increase in consumer demand for natural, safe, effective and cost-effective health care. With the increased number of chronic diseases, obesity, chronic pain, and an increase in drug dependency and its side effects, consumers are in demand for change. Naturopathic medicine has emerged as the health-care profession best suited to meet this demand. Naturopathic medicine almost disappeared in the mid-twentieth century due to the popularity of drugs and surgery. Naturopathic medicine now offers safe, effective natural therapies as a vital part of the health-care systems of North America in the twenty-first century.
Naturopathic Physician (ND) attends four-year post-graduate professional level of naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic science as an MD, in addition to holistic and nontoxic approach to healing with an emphasis on disease prevention and holistic wellness. Naturopathic Doctors study all the conventional medical sciences while also completing extensive academic and clinical education in the use of natural medicines. Medical science coursework includes cardiology, neurology, radiology, obstetrics, gynecology, immunology, dermatology, and pediatrics. Naturopathic physicians are the only primary care physicians clinically trained in a wide variety of natural medicine and therapies. Modalities of Naturopathic treatment may include Traditional Chinese Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Lifestyle & Nutritional Counseling, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathic medicine, Minor surgery, Mind/Body Medicine/Counseling and Physical Medicine and Spinal Manipulation.
The state of Texas has not yet licensed Naturopathic Doctors, therefore Dr. Pacia cannot diagnose, prescribe, and perform minor surgeries. The states that currently license naturopathic medicine are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Colombia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Our main focus is to remove obstacles to cure as well as prevention. True Health and Wellness Ctr does not provide medical care advice as well as does not substitute for medical care. Please consult your medical physician regarding any health needs you may have.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
- 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 Root Cause (Toll Causam): The naturopathic doctor 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 doctor follows three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
- Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
- Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
- Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals' self-healing process.
- Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic doctor educates their patients and encourages self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
- Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic doctor treat 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 doctor 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.