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Naturopathic medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?


Naturopathic medicine is currently licensed in 17 states including the District of Columbia and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Dr. Decker adheres to the licensing requirements of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine. This includes a 4-year medical school training program, clinical rotations, licensing board examinations, and participation in yearly continuing education courses.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

The basic philosophy and principles of naturopathic medicine are the cornerstone we focus on when working with the patients of Blessed Thistle.

Primum No Nocere:  First do no harm

For us at Blessed Thistle, this means appropriately identifying the conditions which our patients experience and the risks which they may pose.  Most often, there are many things which we can do naturally which will help you move towards improved health and wellness.  However, sometimes conditions require acute care beyond what we can provide and in the interest of your health we will make referrals to the appropriate medical provider.


Vis Mediatrix Naturae:  The healing power of nature
Nature is a beautiful healing gift which we often fail to appreciate and utilize for the many things it offers.  This can mean simply taking a break from our busy lives and stopping to look at the delicate intricacies of a flower, taking a walk in the woods, or making a meal with food from the garden.  However, many plants have medicinal qualities which act on many levels in our body to treat and cure diseases and restore health.  At Blessed Thistle we try use sustainably harvested and prepared teas, tinctures, and encapsulated forms of the herbs and substances we work with.


Tolle Causam:  Identify and treat the cause
A significant difference between allopathic and naturopathic medicine is our quest to treat the causes of disease rather than just the symptoms which people suffer.  There often are lifestyle patterns and dietary habits which contribute to the symptoms of diseases.  We work with our clients to assess where these imbalances may be and help them move towards changes which improve the state of health from the core.


Tolle Totum:  Heal the whole person
As naturopaths, we see individuals and their disease symptoms holistically.  For instance, an individual who experiences chronic low back pain may have an injury which was the source of their original problem, however continued weakness and pain may be experienced here due to problems with digestion, muscle weakness, or emotional stress.  There might be co-existing symptoms of insomnia, mild depression, and indigestion.  We address each of these symptoms as a part of the whole when determining appropriate treatments.


Docere:  Doctor as teacher
One of the best things we can do for our clients is to educate and inform.  This may be in regards to understanding the cause of disease,  helping people understand how the body functions, or simply guiding individuals to resources for further learning on their own.


Prevention:  Prevention is the best cure
Anyone who has ever tackled the task of home or automobile restoration understands what a huge undertaking this can be, and how important it is to perform regular routine maintenance to avoid future problems.  The human body is no different than this, and regular maintenance is far easier and will often prevent the need for a huge overhaul in the future.  If you have a family history of certain disease conditions, it is also important to be acting earlier in life in order to prevent them from occurring in your life as well.