Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that combines safe and effective traditional therapies with today’s science-based advances in medicine. Naturopathic Doctors are primary care physicians who provide complete care for both acute and chronic health concerns. Rather than treating only the symptoms of disease, Naturopathic Physicians aim to find and treat the underlying cause of a person’s illness.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
- Primum Non Nocere (First Do No Harm)
The Naturopathic Physician shall endeavor to first, do no harm; to provide the most effective health care available with the least risk to his/her patients at all times.
- Vis Medicatrix Naturae (The Healing Power of Nature)
The Naturopathic Physician shall recognize, respect and promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being.
- Tolle Causum (Treat the Cause)
The Naturopathic Physician shall strive to identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or suppress symptoms.
- Docere (Doctor as Teacher)
The Naturopathic Physician shall educate his/her patients, inspire rational hope and encourage self-responsibility for health.
- Treat the Whole Person
The Naturopathic Physician shall treat each person by considering all individual health factors and influences.
- Health Promotion, the Best Prevention
The Naturopathic Physician shall emphasize the condition of health to promote wellbeing and to prevent diseases for the individual, each community and our world.