An Integrative Approach to Health & Healing
Naturopathic medicine celebrates the healing power of nature.
Naturopathic medicine is dedicated to the study and celebration of nature’s healing powers. It is as old as healing itself and as new as today’s medical breakthroughs. It is a dynamic philosophy as well as a profession 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 to 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.
Naturopathic physicians practice the six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine:
The Healing Power of Nature | Vis Medicatrix Naturae
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself. The healing power of nature is the inherent self-organizing and healing process of living systems. Naturopathic medicine recognizes this healing process to be ordered and intelligent. It is the naturopathic physician's role to support, facilitate and augment this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery and by supporting the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.
Identify and Treat the Causes | Tolle Causam
A naturopathic physician is trained to discover and confront the underlying cause(s) of disease instead of merely treating symptoms. Whenever possible the suppression of symptoms is avoided as suppression generally interferes with the healing process.
First Do No Harm | Primum Non Nocere
Naturopathic physicians utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful effects, and apply the least possible force or intervention necessary to diagnose illness and restore health. As primary care physicians, naturopaths are trained to recognize the limits of their expertise and to refer patients to specialists when necessary.
Doctor as Teacher | Docere
Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health. The original meaning of the word "doctor" is teacher. Naturopathic physicians recognize the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship and strive to educate the patient and emphasize self-responsibility for health.
Treat the Whole Person
Health or disease comes from a complex interaction of mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, and other factors. Naturopathic physicians treat the whole person, taking these factors into account.
Naturopathic physicians aim at preventing illness by focusing on the foundations of health (nutrition, stress management, lifestyle, and environment). With patients who already have a minor illness, this approach can also prevent the transition to more chronic degenerative disease.