Naturopathic medicine is founded on the ideas that health is a natural state and that the body has the innate ability to heal itself. There are many factors in each of our daily lives that prevent us from experiencing or maintaining optimal health. These factors may cause deficiencies, excesses, or both simultaneously within the body that leads to the development of symptoms. Symptoms are the language of the body – they communicate to us that something is off balance. Therefore, treating only the symptoms of disease does little to address the underlying cause(s).