At Montana Whole Health our treatment approach is grounded in the 6 principles of naturopathic medicine:
- Treat the Whole Person – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, social, and environmental factors all play a role in the state of a person’s health. Naturopathic physicians treat the individual by taking all these into account when developing a care plan.
- Treat the Cause – Naturopathic doctors will diligently seek out the underlying cause of illness rather than eliminating or merely suppressing symptoms.
- First do No Harm – naturopathic medicine aims to use the least invasive methods to allow the body to heal with minimal intervention. We attempt to minimize the use of substances that may cause harmful side effects, and avoid, when possible, the suppression of symptoms.
- Doctor as Teacher – empowerment is a critical step in the healing process. Naturopathic physicians spend significant time teaching her patients about the disease process, what to expect, and encourage self-responsibility for health.
- The Healing Power of Nature – Naturopathic doctors recognize the self-healing ability of the body. The primary role of the doctor is to uncover and eliminate obstacles to cure, and to facilitate the recovery process.
- Prevention – early detection and prevention of diseases is key to long-term wellness. Naturopathic doctors assess risk factors and genetic susceptibility and make early interventions to halt the disease process. Physicians also strive to create a healthy world where all of humanity may flourish.
At Montana Whole Health we use the following modalities (tools) to accomplish our goal of optimal health:
- Nutrition – each person has unique nutritional needs. Montana Whole Health physicians will customize a dietary plan to optimize the patient’s biochemical and metabolic processes. Whenever possible she prefers to use whole food rather than supplements or vitamins to enhance the healing process.
- Botanical Medicine – the use of plants as medicine dates back thousands of years. Many pharmaceuticals are simply isolated, potentized versions of plant extracts. We find that using whole plant compounds rather than isolated extracts is gentler and often more effective in promoting healing in the body. Montana Whole Health physicians draw on their knowledge of hundreds of herbs to create custom medicines, mixtures that target an individual patient’s needs.
- Physical Medicine and Naturopathic Manipulation – physical medicine modalities like therapeutic massage, muscle energy technique (an evidence-based form of stretching), exercise prescription, and naturopathic manipulation can be used to enhance health. Naturopathic manipulation is similar to chiropractic care, and includes adjustments of the spine and extremities to realign the bones and joints.
- Hydrotherapy – hydrotherapy is simply the use of hot and cold water to stimulate circulation, decrease inflammation and facilitate healing in different areas of the body. Hydrotherapy is a gentle but extremely effective technique to promote healing. Montana Whole Health also offers topical peat applications for pain relief.
- Counseling – naturopathic physicians are trained to provide medical and psychological counseling to address the emotional and spiritual component of physical health. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing are specific counseling techniques that can better our patient’s emotional health.
- Supplementation – In addition to the above mentioned therapies, Montana Whole Health physicians may also recommend high-quality vitamins, minerals, amino acids or other supplements to enhance the body’s own ability to heal. She uses only medical-grade supplements that are designed to be potent and are manufactured under stringent guidelines. She finds over-the-counter products, which are not regulated by the FDA, to be inconsistent at best, and at worst may contain harmful levels of fillers and by-products. “The safety of my patients is my first priority – I promise to give my patients the best of the best for their own peace of mind.”