When I created Wild Herb, I wanted it to be a practice where the focus is on healing, and nature, and being the positive potential of ourselves. I don't want to practice "quick-fix" medicine any more. I want long visits, getting to know you, hearing your story. The Naturopathic approach and the Functional Medicine framework allow me to bring you through your healing journey in a way that is YOU!- not medicine, not protocols, not statistics. I love that these approaches are both traditional and modern. -Crystal
Naturopathy encourages the body’s self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. The interconnected body, mind and spirit are weighed in tandom as the essence of our wellbeing, and our potential source of healing.
Naturopaths help identify and remove the barriers that may be hindering innate healing that is woven in to the intelligent design of our human body. Our current state of health is constantly shaped by experiences, beliefs, patterns, genetics, diets, medications, traumas, habits, relationships, and environments. To address each aspect, naturopaths are specially trained to integrate the whole body using various healing tools including:
- In depth personalized health intakes
- Detailed physical exams and reading of body features (ex. iridology, tongue analysis)
- Nutrition, gut healing, body pH
- Herbal medicine and botanical therapies
- Homeopathy and flower essences
- Lifestyle and mind/body prescriptions
- Nutraceuticals / nutritional supplementation
- Natural hormone balancing as well as bio-identical hormones
- Microfrequency therapy
Core Naturopathic Principles
The Healing Power of Nature - Vis Medicatrix Naturae
Naturopathy recognizes that there is an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent
Identify and treat the causes - Tolle causam
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
Use the least force possible to create change, and when possible, avoid suppressing symptoms with medicine.
Treat the whole person - tolle totum
Naturopaths treat the individual by looking at mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopaths encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
Prevention - Praevenire
Naturopaths 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.
Functional Medicine Philosophy
The Functional Medicine Model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It relies on a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
- Institute for Functional Medicine