What is Naturopathic Medicine?

The philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine is based on six founding principles:

  1. First, Do No Harm
  2. The Healing Power of Nature
  3. Find and Treat the Cause of Disease
  4. Treat the Whole Person
  5. Prevention of Illness
  6. Doctor as Teacher

Naturopathic Medicine features a distinctive approach to health and healing — an approach that considers you as an entire, unique individual. The cause of your symptoms will be addressed and treated, not just the symptoms themselves.

Dr Bigelow believes that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself: when the obstacles to healing are removed, the body will naturally attempt to regain a state of optimal health. An individualized treatment plan will be designed for you to help you to attain your wellness goals.

Naturopathic Physicians (NDs) are holistic Primary Care physicians who are regulated by a state board and are licensed to be primary health care providers. They complete a four year post-graduate doctorate level degree program, which involves the study of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, etc, similar to allopathic medical schools (MDs). Additionally, they are trained to use a variety of natural therapeutics.

Dr Bigelow uses a combination of healing modalities to treat her patients. These include botanical medicine, naturopathic manipulation, homeopathy, mind/body medicine, lifestyle counseling, nutrition and nutritional supplementation.

Live in rooms full of light
Avoid heavy food
Be moderate in the drinking of wine
Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics
Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water
Change surroundings and take long journeys
Strictly avoid frightening ideas
Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements
Listen to music.
—Aulus Cornelius Celsus (25 BC- 50)