Naturopathy Guiding Principle: Botanical Medicine
As I discussed in my first blog entry, naturopathic medicine is based upon a set of unique guiding principles that set the foundation for our practice. As physicians, our goals are to use minimally invasive and natural substances that help rid the body of disease and restore balance in a safe and effective manner. Our core therapies that we use include: botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, lifestyle modification, physical medicine, and in some curriculum Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In conventional medicine, most primary care physicians use only one tool: pharmaceutical agents. Some of these drugs, like insulin for a type 1 diabetic, are absolutely necessary for survival. However, a very large majority of drugs do not address the root cause of disease, they only mask superficial symptoms. In naturopathic medicine, one of our guiding principles mandates that we investigate and address the root cause of disease and we can use each of our therapies to do just that. So, what exactly are the modalities?
I’ll discuss each modality throughout the month of December.
I. Botanical Medicine:
Medicinal plants have been used for as long as humans have hunted and foraged. Historically, they were used to reduce fevers, eliminate infection, promote balance in the body, and so much more. When plants are used in their whole form, each component works together to promote a more harmonious effect on the entire body. However, when constituents are isolated from the rest of the plant, as in some of today’s pharmaceuticals (Aspirin and Digoxin for instance), they lose the harmonizing effects, and they have a very narrow range of action with a wide spectrum of side effects. There are hundreds of herbs that we can choose from to treat a variety of diseases. Naturopathic doctors will select the appropriate herbs for every patient on an individual manner, based upon the cause of disease, the patient’s vitality, and the degree of disharmony.
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Catherine O'Halloran, ND Naturopathic Doctor
Catherine O'Halloran completed her Bachelors of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology, with a minor in Psychology at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Following that, she attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto and obtained her degree as a Naturopathic Doctor. CCNM is one of seven naturopathic colleges accredited by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education.
Catherine chose this profession because she saw the need for a type of health care that treats the entire person, and not just the symptoms of disease. She strives to follow the guiding principles of the profession, especially treating the root cause of disease and utilizing the innate healing power of nature. Through her training at CCNM, Catherine learned each therapeutic modality, including nutrition, botanical medicine, lifestyle counseling, homeopathy and physical medicine. In addition, she has taken courses through the Benson Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine at Harvard and has started training in craniosacral therapy.
Although Catherine treats a wide variety of patients, with varying diseases, she has a special interest in women's health and pediatrics. In her clinical year at CCNM, Catherine was fortunate to be on a specialty shift in pediatrics, treating conditions such as autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADHD and childhood epilepsy.
Catherine is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors, the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently holds a physicians license through Vermont.