About Midori Nishida
Midori Nishida: Naturopath
Midori Nishida, N.D. studied naturopathic medicine at National College of Natural Medicine (former National College of Naturopathic Medicine-NCNM) in Portland, Oregon and began practicing in 2001. First eight years Dr. Nishida worked with various holistic medical doctors and practitioners in integrated medical clinics. In 2009 she opened her own clinic, The Essence: Naturopathic Medical and Healing Center.
Dr. Nishida specializes in herbal medicine, homeopathy and nutrition. For more detailed bio, please click here.
What distinguishes Naturopathic Medicine is its philosophy and holistic approach to health.
Naturopathy is guided by Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
- Do No Harm
- Identify and Treat the Cause
- Abide by the Healing Power of Nature
- Treat the Whole Person
- Teach as You Heal
- Focus on Prevention
Conventional medicine focuses on treating disease and pathology, and relieving symptoms. Naturopathic medicine treats the whole body and restores harmony by removing the causes of imbalance.
For example, if you have a cold, the conventional approach would be to give you a course of antibiotics to deal with the infection. In contrast, the naturopathic approach would be 1) a remedy for bacterial infection, 2) another remedy or regimen to improve your immune system, 3) dietary consultation to make sure you are not eating foods that may be weakening your immune system, and 4) a lifestyle assessment to examine your stress level and sleep patterns. If there are chronic issues that are compromising your general health then a naturopathic practitioner will address them to prevent you from getting sick again.
Naturopathy and Health
The body has an innate healing mechanism, constantly trying to keep itself in a balanced, healthy state called homeostasis. Naturopathy recognizes and honors this natural wisdom and assists the body by identifying the stressors to the body and removing them. These stressors may be physical, but can also be emotional, mental, and/or even spiritual. True health can only be achieved when all these aspects are in balance. A good naturopathic doctor will assess all four, find the root causes of stress and prescribe natural remedies and therapies to address them.