Fundamental Principles Of Naturopathic Medicine
Vis Medicatrix Naturae, The Healing Power of Nature
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Tolle Causam, Identify and Treat the Causes
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
Primum Non Nocere, First Do No Harm
Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient: utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat; avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
Docere, Doctor as Teacher
Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Tolle Totum, Treat the Whole Person
View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.