bambu_clinic-1136Naturopathy stands distinct from conventional medicine in the philosophy upon which it is based. Most of today’s modern pharmaceuticals are designed to control symptoms: blood pressure medication for hypertension, statins for high cholesterol. These medications are valuable, can save lives, and serve a very important purpose in today’s health care arena. However, they stop short of providing true health because ultimately they do not address the underlying problem. While the blood pressure may be controlled with medication the cause of the high blood pressure has not been addressed. When symptoms are covered up with medication the disease still exists and, over time, this will cause other symptoms in other areas of the body to develop. Symptoms are the body’s warning sign that something is not right. If you treat the symptom and not the cause you’re ignoring your body’s call for help. If you stop the drug and your symptom returns you have not addressed the cause.

The purpose of naturopathic medicine is to take your health further than symptom management. However, we understand that symptoms are often uncomfortable and sometimes even life threatening and we will palliate symptoms in order to ensure that our patients are safe and comfortable on their journey to greater health. Our practitioners may use any of the following modalities to treat any number of health complaints: clinical nutrition, botanicals, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, body work, light therapy, and lifestyle counseling.  To learn more about what you can expect from your naturopathic visit, click here.

The six principles of naturopathic medicine:

First Do No Harm: We strongly commit to using non-toxic and non-invasive medicines that promote physiologic balance rather than those that ‘override’ biological functions. Although it is true that the physicians at Bambú are dedicated to the usefulness of natural remedies, we realize that even the mildest substance may be harmful when used indiscriminately. To ensure ‘no harm,’ we must meticulously consider every course of action and every treatment choice for each patient. Read more…

Identify and Treat the Cause: At Bambú Clinic, the simple question “Why?” is one of our doctor’s most valuable tools. Because the body has the inherent ability to heal itself, illness does not occur without a cause. Symptoms, themselves, can be understood as a self-attempt at cure. So, then, as curious physicians, we must ask ourselves, “Why?” Why did this symptom occur? Why does it continue? Why is it not successful at returning the body to health? Read more…

Treat the Whole Person: The physicians at Bambú Clinic know that the systems of the human body are intimately interconnected, each a reflection of the whole. We recognize that optimal health is achieved when all aspects of the individual – including physical, mental, emotional, genetic, spiritual, environmental, and social factors – are functioning together in harmony. Read more…

The Body Has Inherent Wisdom to Heal: Naturopathic physicians believe that the body is programmed to achieve wellness. In other words, the body will return itself to health if given the correct stimuli to set the healing process in motion.  Moment-by-moment, the body demonstrates an ability to regulate complex neurological and hormonal cycles, modulate proper levels of electrolytes and proteins in the blood, and to breakdown, digest, and eliminate food particles and other ingested substances or stimuli. Throughout a lifetime, the body continually responds and adapts to both internal and external events, forever attempting to return to a state of balance (also known as homeostasis).  Read more…

Doctor Means Teacher: Many of us have clear and diverse images of the teachers that have crossed our paths. Very few, though, recognize their doctor’s role, first and foremost, is as a teacher. The very word ‘doctor’ derives from the Latin word ‘docere,’ which literally means ‘to teach.’ At Bambú Clinic, our physicians are dedicated to teaching you how to live a healthier, more meaningful, and fulfilling existence. Through education, we empower patients to make the changes necessary to move the body toward optimal health. Read more…

Prevention is Cure: At Bambú Clinic, our physicians believe that practicing true prevention means we must maintain one eye on the present, and one eye on the future. Preventive medicine does this by encouraging daily healthy habits that will increase health today AND decrease the risk of chronic disease tomorrow. Preventive medicine includes treatments that have the long term benefits of balancing and optimizing normal physiology. Read more…