This is called the Therapeutic Order. It is a guide that naturopathic doctors use to determine which treatments to utilize. The higher you climb on the pyramid, the greater the risk for side effects, the more expensive, and the more invasive the treatment. The goal is to start from the bottom and move up, thus building a solid foundation for your health.
The best treatments are the ones that work. Sometimes that means we are starting higher up to control symptoms while we give time for the treatments lower down to take effect. Most of the time we are addressing different levels at the same time.
The foundations of health (diet, lifestyle, sleep, stress management) are part of every patient’s treatment plan. The foundations of health must be strong in order to achieve lasting health.