What is Naturopathic Medicine?

This area of medicine is a broad one incorporating natural therapies from around the world that have been used to heal the human body. Some are as ancient as traditional Chinese medicine, (over 4,000 years old) up to modern technical innovations such as IV chelation therapy.


A key principle of naturopathic medicine is to find and treat the cause of the disease. The naturopath works as a detective, gathering information from various sources to determine the cause of the problem. Dr. Potter uses an extensive initial interview and physical exam, as well as questionnaires and tests as needed to obtain information. A detailed look at the client’s history usually reveals the initial cause of health problems.


For everyone, the foundation of good health is a nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle. This is addressed with each client as well as methods to enhance elimination of toxins from the body. However, many people do this to a large extent already and still have health concerns. Blockages to healing exist and these need to be removed. Dr. Potter has selected four main forms of treatment that address these obstacles, be they physical, chemical or emotional.

Removing Blockages to Healing

Physical Blockages are of two main types:

  1. Toxins held in the body, especially those stored inside cells, which are very difficult
    to reach. These are addressed using Biotherapeutic Drainage.
  2. Structural problems are often a result of tension stored in muscles and tendons
    leading to pain and reduced function. These are treated using the Bowen Technique.

Unresolved Emotional Blockages affect the flow and balance of energy (or qi in Chinese Medicine). This can lead to a whole host of problems from low energy, anxiety and depression to chronic pain. These obstacles to healing can be removed by:

  1. Classical Homeopathy
  2. The Emotional Freedom Technique

Janice Potter • Naturopathic Physician • Kelowna • 250-762-5100