Naturopathy Guiding Principles: Homeopathy
As I discussed in my last 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?
Founded in the 1700’s by German medical doctor Samuel Hahnemann, it is based upon the hypothesis that “like cures like”. This means that physicians use a diluted remedy that would cause a particular set of symptoms in a healthy person, but would eradicate those exact symptoms in a diseased person. Consider this analogy: say you have a partly clogged shower head. You can remove the blockages 1 of 2 ways. You could use harmful chemicals that would be corrosive and over time causing damage to the finish and rubber (pharmaceuticals), or you could block the output of the functioning areas and increase the internal pressure in the shower head. By increasing the pressure, it causes some internal struggle and the water will push out through the clogged holes. You have, in effect, used the “like cures like” principal to restore internal balance. Naturopathic doctors, like homeopaths, will analyse each individual case and find a remedy based upon the individual set of symptoms and treat the diseased state with a remedy that matches those symptoms.
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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.