Naturopathic Medicine is unique; it combines thousands of years of ancient medicinal wisdom with modern medical knowledge. Naturopathic medicine employs many different types of therapies and is governed by six fundamental healing principles:
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
1. Do no harm
The physician employs methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful effects.
2. Treat the cause of disease
By identifying and removing the underlying cause of the disease rather than just suppressing the symptoms.
3. Doctor as teacher
To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, by sharing knowledge with patients and encouraging individual responsibility for health.
4. To heal the whole person through individualized treatment
By understanding the unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to illness, and customizing treatment protocols to the patient.
5. To emphasize prevention
By partnering with the patient to assess risk factors and recommend appropriate naturopathic interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.
6. To support the healing power of the body
By recognizing and removing obstacles to the body's inherent self-healing process.