Treating the whole person
To a naturopath, the term mind/body medicine is redundant. A core principle of our medicine is to “treat the whole person” and in most situations we do not consider treating the body as separate from treating the mind or vice versa. This attention to the emotional, mental and physical state of a patient guides naturopathic treatment. The term Mind/Body Medicine has evolved to describe the connection between all of these separate yet not separate aspects of the overall wellness of a patient and the methods used to treat them. Some methods that are associated with this term include:
- Guided meditation
- Breathing exercises
But make no mistake, these techniques can be used to treat the body as well as physical medicine (massage, MES, contrast hydrotherapy) can be used to treat the mind.