Naturopathic medicine differs from conventional medicine in many ways. Both Licensed Naturopaths and medical doctors have extensive post graduate training focusing on the basic sciences: Anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology etc. After mastering these studies conventional doctors focus on hospital training in medicine, while Naturopathic students learn about alternative therapies and do their clinical training in Naturopathic clinics as well as conventional medical clinics. Both are licensed and regulated by medical boards.
The major difference comes with the philosophy of Naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic philosophy is defined by the following beliefs:
- To first do no harm, any treatment used should have the least negative impact while achieving the highest level of benefit for the patient.
- The healing power of nature. A belief that the natural world offers cures to illness in the form of plant medicines, homeopathic preparations, natural healing modalities such as manipulation, acupuncture etc. This also encompasses the belief that the human body can cure itself if obstacles to that natural healing process are removed. This philosophy provokes us to use treatments that augment the body’s natural defenses rather than override them with powerful medications.
- Treat the whole person. Viewing illness as something which affects us on many interrelated levels, mentally, emotionally, spiritually as well as physically. Understanding that each part of us is related and interconnected with the whole being and that what affects one part affects the other parts as well.
- Doctor as teacher, teaching our patients how to live, to make changes that have long term benefits so that our patients achieve the ability to maintain a healthy, balanced state of being.
- Prevention, the highest form of cure. The best medicine is to recognize and prevent disease. Naturopaths go beyond conventional medicine in utilizing in depth interviews and unique methods of assessment to identify trends towards disease. Often problems such as minor nutritional deficiencies and lifestyle choices can be corrected so that problems never manifest.
- Find the cause of the illness. The goal of Naturopathic medicine is to treat the cause, not just the effects of illness. For instance if a patient suffers from osteoporosis it is not enough to give that patient a calcium supplement, but to analyze why the problem occurred. The answer may be in poor diet, absorption problems due to digestive disturbance, interference with absorption from medication side effects, biochemical abnormalities or some other reason. When the underlying problem is corrected it results in a true cure.
Doctor Orlowski embraces the philosophy of Naturopathic medicine. She also has a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese medicine which focuses on establishing balance in people through acupuncture and other healing techniques which enjoy a five thousand year history. In her opinion, we are holistic beings. We are not a collection of separate, disconnected parts, a heart, lungs and muscles; every part of our bodies is interconnected with the rest or our body. Anything that we do to any part of that body affects every other part in some way. Beyond this we are not just flesh, body, mind and spirit we have many levels, each of these levels of being are interconnected and affect each other. Our health care must reflect this multi-dimentiality.
Doctor Orlowski combines her knowledge of many alternative healing therapies with use of the Cranial Rhythmic Assessment, (CRA) in order to “communicate,” with her patient’s higher selves to achieve the highest level of healing. Her goal is to help her patients achieve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being so that they can achieve self actualization.