Naturopathic Medicine is a system of medicine founded on the proven and tested principle of the healing power of nature. The goal of the naturopathic physician is to restore the natural and powerful healing functions of the body. The physician collaborates with the patient to do this through supplementation, foods, treatments and support – all working to enhance the body’s innate ability to heal.
In Naturopathic Medicine, each patient is viewed and treated as an integrated whole. The symptoms of disease are seen as improper functioning and lifestyle habits. The primary goal of treatment is to identify and address the underlying cause of illness and therefore avoid symptomatic treatments that may have adverse effects on the body’s ability to heal itself.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The Healing Power of Nature (vis medicatrix naturae)
The body has an inherent ability to heal, which is ordered and intelligent. Identify and remove obstacles to healing and support the body’s innate abilities.
Identify and Treat the Causes (tolle causam)
Identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than eliminating or merely suppressing symptoms.
First Do No Harm (primum non nocere)
Use methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects. Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms; and acknowledge and respect the individual’s healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.
Doctor as Teacher (docere)
Educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health.
Treat the Whole Person (tolle totum)
Treat each individual by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors.
Emphasize disease prevention, assessment of risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and make appropriate interventions to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine strives to create a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.
Wellness follows the establishment and maintenance of optimum health and balance. Wellness is a state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotion, thought and action. Wellness is inherent in everyone, no matter what dis-ease is being experienced. When truly recognized and experienced by an individual, wellness will more quickly heal a given dis-ease than direct treatment of the dis-ease alone.