At Natural Rhythms Integrative Medicine, our perspective on health is to treat the cause. This practice is called “tolle causum” and is the second of the Principles of Practice of Naturopathic Medicine.
Naturopathic Doctors’ Principles of Practice
Vis Medicatrix Naturae: The Healing Power of Nature
Tolle Causum: Identify and Treat the Causes
Nocere: First Do No Harm
Docere: Doctor as Teacher
Tolle Totum: Treat the Whole Person
When a seed is sewn in the earth, it first grows its roots and takes hold of the ground beneath. The roots become the foundation of the plant that emerges from the seed. When this plant or tree has become established and grown many branches and leaves, it cannot be easily damaged or diminished by just cutting branches and trimming.
Similarly, treating the symptoms of a disease only provides temporary and superficial relief. On the other hand, treating the root cause of the disease can help to dismantle the foundation of the disease. With a strong foundation, the body’s natural healing mechanisms can get ahead of the disease process. And the art of medicine is revealed.
To identify the cause of disease is to walk back on the path that the disease process has taken in arriving at its current state. Unfolding the unique story that the patient carries reveals the clues that help identify the physiological insults, traumatic incidents, mistakes, unhealthy behaviors, and imbalances that have guided the disease to the present moment.
Although the seed of disease could have sprouted in a specific moment, it is the story of disease that can help us to understand the totality of symptoms and arrive at an individualized understanding of the disease. Thus, as a physician, I must learn the full story and see the whole picture to fully grasp each patient as an individual.
To treat the cause is to transform the disease history into a healing story. We do this through a comprehensive offering of physical, mental/emotional, energetic, and spiritual medicine—the Culture of Well Being that is Natural Rhythms Integrative Medicine.