Naturopathic Medicine Is Nature at Work
The body is an amazing system that has the power to heal itself in many circumstances. Naturopathic medicine enhances the body’s innate healing abilities through a dynamic philosophy that recognizes the interconnection and interdependence of all living things. It utilizes the most natural, least invasive, and least toxic therapies to treat illness and promote wellness by viewing the body as an integrated whole.
Naturopathic medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Above all, it honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal. The six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine are:
1. First, Do No Harm – Primum Non Nocere
Utilize the most natural, least invasive, and least toxic therapies.
2. The Healing Power of Nature – Vis Medicatrix Naturae
Act in cooperation with the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
3. Identify and Treat the Causes – Tolle Causam
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying fundamental cause.
4. Treat the Whole Person — Tolle Totum
To heal the whole person through individualized treatment.
5. Doctor as Teacher – Docere
Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
6. Prevention – Praevenire
Focus on overall health, wellness, and disease prevention.