Naturopathic Medicine combines holistic and integrative philosophies with modern diagnostic technologies to provide the most well rounded and comprehensive medical care.
Naturopathic doctors are extensively trained and board licensed physicians that provide evidence based primary care. As part of a health assessment, Dr. Chang will incorporate your health history and detailed lab testing to find the true cause of illness. Pharmaceutical care is occasionally called upon, but Naturopathic medicine emphasizes nutrition, life style change, and maximizing your body’s own healing capacity.
Naturopathic medicine is based on the following 6 vital principles:
1. First do no harm:
Above all else, Dr. Chang’s purpose is to help patients make healthier life choices by providing a safe, therapeutic, and educational environment where patients can develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make positive life changes.
2. The healing power of nature:
The body has an inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is orderly and intelligent as seen in all living organisms in nature. We can harness our natural ability to heal without forcing or shutting down normal processes in the body.
3. Identify and treat the cause:
Illness does not occur without cause. Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and modified before it manifests further. Simply treating the presenting symptoms will only solve a small portion of the pathology, and will most likely result in more serious health issues in the future.
4. Heal the whole person:
Physical complaints are one piece of a bigger puzzle. While it’s important to address the symptoms that bring a patient in, we must also look at the environment, psychosocial, and emotional influences. The Naturopathic physician must treat the whole person by taking these factors into account. You are not your disease!
5. The physician as teacher:
A cooperative doctor-patient relationship has inherent therapeutic value. Dr. Chang’s major role is to educate and encourage you to take responsibility for your own health. By giving you the tools and education to manage your own health, together we can ensure better success.
The ultimate goal of any health care system should be prevention of disease. This is accomplished through education and promotion of a healthier lifestyle.