LIVV Naturopathic Medicine | San Diego
Naturopathic Medicine has been practiced for over 100 years and is growing in popularity in individuals that are looking to optimize their health holistically. Naturopathic Medicine focuses on prevention and optimizing the patient's own inherent self-healing processes to fight disease. Naturopathic Medical Doctors graduate from 4-year accredited Naturopathic Medical programs and are licensed to practice Naturopathic Medicine after passing the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX). Naturopathic Medicine uses many modalities, including botanical medicine (herbs), physical medicine (hands-on), homeopathic medicine (energetic), and scientifically-researched modalities (supplements, pharmaceuticals, and IV vitamin therapy). The key principles of Naturopathic Medicine are the prevention of disease, finding the root cause of disease, educating the patient, treating the whole person, doing no harm, and providing the body with the essential tools to cure disease-- a holistic approach!
"1 out of every 2 people in the USA has a chronic illness"
Common causes of individuals going to the doctors office
Many Americans have more than one of the major risk factors that can lead to the most common chronic illnesses. Reducing these risk factors alone can often improve one’s quality of life dramatically. Using Naturopathic Medicine to bring the body back into harmony through a nutritional, physical, environmental and emotional balance approach will further improve the health of a patient.
Common causes or risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune conditions, arthritis, and obesity are similar and overlap -- which shows that these risk factors should be avoided as they can lead to not one, but multiple illnesses. Risk factors include but are not limited to:
High blood pressure
Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke
Lack of adequate exercise and mobility
Unbalanced diets that undervalue clean foods like vegetables and fruits and overly value foods high in sodium, saturated fats, and unhealthy meats in large quantities
Undiagnosed allergies to food or environmental factors
Environmental factors like toxin exposure
Treating the symptoms without identifying the cause of the problem whether it is nutritional, environmental, hereditary, or even structural.
How to create an optimal lifestyle
Nutrition - is an essential part of health. It is health. What we put into our bodies is the fuel and the life that brings us energy, vitality, and performance.
Physical - exercise and movement is a key part of health because our bodies are meant to flow and be agile. The art of movement improves cardiovascular health, joint health, and metabolic health.
Meditation - the art of awareness is important. Our modern life has adapted to be more fast paced and stress packed than ever before, causing us to be in a perpetual state of adrenaline and stress response. It is important to slow down, breathe deeply and reset so that your body has the opportunity to calm itself back into an optimal state of functionality.
Lifestyle - Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean making radical changes but adopting sustainable changes that will improve and balance your body, mind, emotional, nutritional, and motivational elements in your life.
How does Naturopathic Medicine work?
Naturopathic Medicine combines nature with our knowledge of medical science to promote wellness and prevent disease. Naturopathic Medicine focuses on comprehensive diagnosis and treatments to proactively prevent and improve a patient's health naturally. By using protocols that limit risks and harm to the patient, Naturopathic Doctors aim to use natural remedies, treatments, and holistic approaches to one’s improve health. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to assess someone’s health and to identify and remove any barriers to optimal health to create a healing internal and external environment.
Naturopathic Medicine can treat many of the most common conditions such as allergies, digestive issues, fatigue, chronic pain, obesity, respiratory conditions, hormonal imbalances, fertility challenges, menopause, cancer, fibromyalgia and more. All Naturopathic Doctors undergo an intensive medical training to be able to assess, diagnose and treat the individual based on their condition, risk factors, environment and individual history. Ranging from nutritional changes and upgrades to analysis of vitamin deficiencies and food allergies/sensitivities all the way to cutting edge technology like PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections to heal the body quickly, a simple consultation with your Naturopathic Doctor can change your life with a few simple steps.
'$2.7 Trillion dollars spent on chronic diseases a year"
Naturopathic Medicine Principles
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopathic physician 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): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
Prevention: Naturopathic physicians 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.
Want to know that Naturopathic Medicine is right for you?
Naturopathic Medicine is a great place to start if you are looking to find balance and health without causing excess harm to your body in the form of pharmaceutical side effects or addressing the symptoms without discovering and fixing the root cause of your pain or disease. Naturopathic Medicine is recommended for people who want to avoid chemical prescriptions and who would rather take control of their health by becoming informed about their health and what they need to do to find optimal balance within their environment.
Naturopathic Medicine is often preferred by people who suffer from multiple diseases that might have a similar cause such as nutritional imbalance, as many autoimmune diseases often show up in response to an imbalance within the body and can be alleviated when the imbalance is discovered and addressed. Often in a traditional western medical setting the environmental, nutritional, emotional and physical condition of the patient is not evaluated as a whole which leaves room for vital data to be overlooked that might save the patient not only a lot of time and money but also can prevent other diseases rooted in imbalance from occurring as well.
Naturopathic medicine aims to educate the individual and to empower them to make sustainable lifestyle changes that will not only improve their current state of health but will also prevent future conditions and disease from happening.
What to Expect
Detailed Treatment Plan
Medications, Supplements, Nutrition, Referral, Imaging, IV, etc.
Education about lab results and explanation
Answer any questions you may have
Initial Consult & Exam - New Patients
Discuss Specific Health Concerns
General Health Assessment
Comprehensive Blood Panel (Price is variable)