Naturopathic Medicine is a system of health care that focuses on the use of natural therapeutics to promote health and address the root causes of illness and imbalance rather than covering up symptoms. This distinctive field of medicine has a primary focus on the prevention of chronic disease, to allow the healing power of nature transform the body and mind towards greater health and vitality. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) seek to restore and maintain optimum health in their patients by emphasizing nature's inherent self-healing processes via a combination of conventional and holistic fields of medicine, which in turn leads to an integrative and individualized therapeutic approach. NDs combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science.
Naturopathic Doctors complete four years of medical school with the first two years focused on the basic sciences, similar to traditional medical school programs and the final two years devoted to studying and practicing natural therapeutics in a clinical setting. After graduating, the training received in Naturopathic medical school enables NDs to provide a wide range of natural therapeutics and includes all aspects of family and primary care medicine, from pediatrics to geriatrics, as well as a full range of natural modalities.
The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
- First Do No Harm [primum non nocere]: Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
- The Healing Power of Nature [vis medicatrix naturae]: Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
- Identify and Treat the Cause [tolle causam]: Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
- Treat the Whole Person [tolle totum]: View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
- The Doctor as Teacher [docere]: Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
- Prevention is the Best Cure: Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
Description of a Naturopathic Consultation
Dr. Galina will listen to your primary concerns and will then take a thorough history, making sure to discuss every aspect of your case. Additionally she will review any labs or imaging that you may have. Once she gets a clear picture of what is going on, Dr. Galina will come up with a plan for you to follow, which may consist of supplement recommendations, dietary suggestions, lifestyle modification, and other naturopathic modalities. The initial visits usually last between 60 to 90 minutes and the follow up visit around 30 minutes.
Meet Dr. Galina Mironova, ND
Dr. Galina Mironova, ND is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut, where she received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, along with completion of premedical coursework from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Dr. Galina sees a wide range of health concerns ranging from acute to chronic. She individualizes her approach for each patient and utilizes holistic methods while enabling the patient to play an active role in their care. The path to healing is achieved by a combination of supplementation, nutrition, counseling, bodywork, and lifestyle recommendations to enhance the mind-body connection.
Dr. Galina grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH and after graduating from Naturopathic medical school in Connecticut, she moved to New York City where she worked as a Naturopathic Medical Consultant. Ultimately her journey led her to Chicago where she achieved her dream of opening a private practice. She currently resides in Chicago and is excited to share her knowledge and skills with this beautiful city.