Naturopathy stands distinct from conventional medicine in the philosophy upon which it is based. Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability.
The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The term “naturopathy” was developed in 1892 to describe a rapidly growing system of natural therapeutics that drew from Hippocrates and the traditional and indigenous medicines from cultures of the world. Today’s naturopathic doctors blend modern, science-based diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with ancient and traditional methods. Naturopathic physicians follow six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine:
1. First do no harm
2. Identify and treat the cause
3. Healing power of nature
4. Doctor as teacher
5. Treat the whole person
Naturopathic Doctors have a similar level of medical training as conventional medical doctors.
Naturopathic doctors are family practice-oriented primary care physicians. Naturopathic training consists of a four-year, graduate-level, accredited naturopathic medical school. The first two years of schooling are like those of a conventional medical doctor. The additional two to four years consist of specialized academic courses as well as courses in naturopathic therapeutics like herbal medicine, homeopathy, body work, spinal manipulation, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, clinical nutrition, and counseling. After graduation, NDs must pass national board examination to become licensed.
Licensed Naturopathic Physicians in Washington State can:
• Credential with health insurance providers;
• Write prescriptions for pharmaceuticals;
• Order labs and imaging;
• Refer patients to specialists.
Dr. Paul de Jong helps people dealing with a wide range of conditions and health issues.
He uses holistic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and promoting wellness. He facilitates healing by identifying and removing barriers to health. He gets to the root cause of your health problem by finding out what is causing your symptoms. Paul treats the cause, not just the symptom.
Paul works with patients to treat many conditions, including:
High Blood Pressure
Contact Paul to learn more about how he can help you.
To learn more about how naturopathic medicine can help you improve your health, manage chronic disease and symptoms, and supplement the care you are getting from traditional medicine, contact Dr. Paul de Jong today. He will meet with you to learn about your individual health needs and concerns, and will provide you with information to make clear decisions about your health journey going forward.