The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
Medicine is a unique approach to disease prevention
and the treatment of acute and chronic illness.
The philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine is based on
the following principles:
- Primum non nocere
(First do no harm) Diseases are to be treated in the most non-invasive
and natural way possible.
- Vix mediatrix naturae
(Healing powers of nature)The practice of Naturopathic Medicine recognizes
an ordered and intelligent self-healing process that is inherent to every individual.
By identifying obstacles to recovery, NDs support the body’s ability to repair
and restore balance to heal itself.
- Tolle causam
(Treat the cause) Identify and treat the cause of disease, rather than
removing the manifesting symptoms.
- Treat the whole person
Naturopathic doctors treat each patient by taking into account
individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other factors.
(Doctor as teacher)One of the most significant roles of the physician is to provide information for the patient, encouraging patients to take self-responsibility for their health, and enabling them to make the most educated choices for themselves in their lives.
- Focus on prevention
Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease, assessing risk factors, heredity, and susceptibility to disease by promoting proactive health interventions.