PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
First, do no harm
Primum Non Nocere
Naturopathic practitioners choose the most non-invasive and least toxic treatments for each patient.
The healing power of nature
Vis Medicatrix Naturae
Naturopathic practitioners recognize the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
Identify and treat the causes
Naturopathic practitioners identify, address and remove the underlying causes of disease.
Doctor as Teacher
Educating and supporting patients on personal health management is an important role for naturopathic practitioners. They empower patients to take responsibility for their own health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.
Treat the whole person
This is a holistic concept that recognizes the body as an integrated whole. Naturopathic practitioners treat the patient, not the disease. A naturopathic assessment addresses the nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors in a person’s life.