Naturopathic Medicine

Natural Treatments

Herbal Medicine
Dr. Burkland is passionate about the therapeutic use of herbal medicines.  He has had extensive training and experience in treatment with the herbs that surround us here in New England, and with herbs from other parts of the world. Custom-formulated herbal combinations or single herbs are commonly used as a part of a comprehensive treatment protocol.

Hydrotherapy
The use of hot and cold water to expedite healing.

Nutritional Supplementation
The use of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to for the treatment of a specific health problem and to optimize physiology.

Diet & Lifestyle Counseling
Exercise and a healthy diet are the foundations of good health. Diet and lifestyle strategies can be customized based on your individual goals, health condition, and circumstances.

 

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession based on six principles:

The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.

Identify and Treat the Causes
The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

First Do No Harm
Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:

  • Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat
  • Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms
  • Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process

Doctor As Teacher
Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.

Prevention
Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.