Dr. Shaun McGuigan, TNP
Traditional Naturopathic Practitioner
I was born and educated in England, obtaining a bachelor’s degree (B.Sc., Honors) and doctorate (Ph.D.) in Chemical Physics and have called North Carolina my home for the past four years. My eldest daughter graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Biology and is currently studying for her Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii. My youngest daughter attends San Diego State University and is studying for her Physics degree. We are big Wolf Pack fans, have extended family members throughout the Raleigh-Durham area, and we are proud to call this home.
After an extensive career in the natural sciences, engineering and technology, I have now turned my focus to becoming a Traditional Naturopathic Practitioner, specializing in non-invasive, lifestyle, behavioral and overall health enhancing solutions. The principles which guide traditional naturopathy lead to both specific and general improvements in health. In fact, the greatest success of naturopathy is in rebuilding our overall health, which then naturally addresses chronic illness through the body’s own latent resources. Traditional naturopaths focus on the individual and their underlying issues. We look to the cause of a health concern, rather than medicating symptoms. The naturopath also works to educate individuals in how to stimulate the body’s own vital healing forces. The use of supplements, herbs, natural organic foods and essential oils is a key part of our strategy in addressing your overall wellbeing and only what we believe to be the highest quality sources will be recommended. Traditional medical testing can also be scheduled through external providers, often in coordination with your general practitioner or specialist.
A consultation with me will emphasize the following tenants:
1: Nature is possibly the most powerful healing force. The body has considerable latent ability to heal itself, given the right opportunity. The role of the naturopath is to facilitate and enhance this process by educating everyone in natural therapies, which stimulate our own internal healing forces.
2: Everyone is viewed as unique and approached as a whole person. Understanding the details of the individual circumstances of the people that I meet is essential. I will ask many pertinent health related questions and strive to understand the complex interaction of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social factors affecting your overall health condition.
3: The goal is to identify and address the root cause of your problems. Naturopathy does not simply attempt to suppress symptoms. A naturopath seeks to understand the underlying causes of a health concern and address these directly. The mitigation of symptoms will be discussed, but the overall goal is improved health through improved lifestyle choices.
4: My role is to be a mentor and educator. First and foremost, the naturopath educates, empowers and motivates people to assume full responsibility for their own wellness through a healthy attitude, lifestyle and diet. After identifying a health concern, I will discuss with you the various natural options for creating a path to your former self.
5: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Illness prevention is only accomplished through lifestyle habits which support health.
We need all forms of medicine to function effectively in today’s world. There are clearly times when we need to rely on modern western medicine for fast symptom relief or to stabilize from a serious health crisis or injury. Yet this type of emergency medicine is not a long term substitute for a sound, nutritious diet, regular exercise and the adoption of natural healing techniques, which can lead to a long, productive and, above all, happy life.