What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathy is a distinct type of medicine that blends age-old healing traditions with scientific advances and current research. It is guided by a unique set of principles that recognizes the body’s innate healing capacity, emphasizes disease prevention, and encourages individual responsibility to obtain optimal health.

As a naturopathic doctor (ND), Dr. Feibelman strives to thoroughly understand each patient’s condition, and views symptoms as the body’s means of communicating an underlying imbalance. Dr. Feibelman explains, “Support for you is aimed at addressing the roots of your symptoms (i.e. the underlying imbalances), rather than solely addressing the individual presenting symptoms. My goal is to understand how your body developed these symptoms, what caused the underlying imbalances, and how these changes have affected your life. We work together to uncover these answers.”

Have you ever planted a vegetable garden? Have you seen the majestic Redwood trees? The most flourishing gardens and bountiful trees grow within soil in which they thrive. What happens when you contaminate that soil or do not water the garden? The fruit and leaves are negatively impacted – sometimes devastatingly so. If the roots of the plants and trees are in their optimal soil with the right amount of water and sunlight, they thrive. The leaves and fruit change for the better as a result of that nourishment. Our bodies need similar nourishment and a healthy internal and external environment in order to thrive. At Leaves of Change Natural Medicine, Dr. Feibelman works with patients to accomplish this balance. Some key areas Dr. Feibelman focuses on are sleep, energy, diet and digestion, mood, and stress.

Naturopathic modalities used by Dr. Feibelman include diet and clinical nutrition, botanical medicine (herbs), hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and behavioral change. Additionally, Dr. Feibelman is trained in craniosacral therapy.

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine include:

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
    Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself. The vital force, the “Vis”, is the capacity within each living being that promotes self-healing.
  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
    Utilize the most natural, least invasive, and least toxic therapies.
  • Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
    Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
  • Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum)
    View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
  • Prevention (Defendere)
    Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
  • Physician as Teacher (Docere)
    Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.