Welcome to the website of Naturopathic Physician
Andrew J. Kaufmann, ND, P.L.C.
Dr. Kaufmann is an Arizona board licensed naturopathic physician focusing on naturopathic mental health at Tree of Life Natural Medicine in Mesa, AZ. Dr. Kaufmann specializes in treating mental, emotional and behavioral disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder, social phobias, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADD/ADHD.
Dr. Kaufmann uses an integrative medicine approach with a focus on natural therapeutics, including classical homeopathy, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and lifestyle counseling, incorporating conventional medicine when appropriate. The underlying philosophy of naturopathic medicine is to remove the cause of dis-ease whenever possible and then create an environment in the body which will unleash the healing power of nature.
Let the highest motive in medicine be love.
– Paracelus (1493-1541)
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
- PRIMUM NON NOCERE – First of all, to do no harm.
- VIS MEDICATRIX NATURAE – To act in cooperation with the healing Power of Nature.
- TOLLE CAUSAM – To address the fundamental causes of disease.
- TOLLE TOTUM – To heal the whole person through individualized treatment.
- DOCERE – To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine.
Dr. Kaufmann is licensed to prescribe natural and conventional medicines, order routine and specialized lab tests and perform physical exams.
Homeopathy is a powerful system of medicine that is more than 200 years old. This medical system uses highly diluted substances of plant, animal and mineral sources to restore health. Homeopathic medicines stimulate the body’s natural immune response and rarely have side effects. Homeopathic medicines are safe to use during pregnancy and can be taken with prescription medicines.
Botanical Medicine is the use of plants as medicine. Many plant substances are powerful medicines that can restore health by stimulating the immune system and are safe and effective when used properly. Recent scientific evidence in the U.S., Europe and Asia has revealed that the active components in some plants are superior to synthetic drugs in clinical conditions.
Clinical Nutrition is the cornerstone of Naturopathic Medicine. The practice of using foods therapeutically to treat illness and to maintain health is essential to healing and maintaining a state of well-being throughout the life cycle. “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food” (Hippocrates, “The Father of Medicine” c.460-377 B.C.) is sound advice which applies to this day. Scientific research has shown that many medical conditions can be treated as effectively with whole foods and nutritional substances as they can by other means with fewer complications and side effects.
Counseling and Stress Management
Mental, emotional and behavioral states are important elements in healing illness and maintaining optimal health. Mind, body and spirit must all be considered in the treatment of dis-ease and restoration of health.