Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is based on the following principles:

  • First Do No Harm (Primum non nocere)
    Your naturopathic doctor chooses remedies and therapies that are safe and effective, to increase your health and decrease harmful side effects.
  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis medicatrix naturae)
    Your naturopathic doctor works to restore and support the powerful and inherent healing abilities of your body, mind and spirit and to prevent further disease from occurring.
  • Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle causam)
    The primary goal of your naturopathic doctor is to determine and treat the underlying cause of disease.
  • Treat the Whole Person
    In treating the cause of any condition your naturopathic doctor takes into account not only your physical symptoms, but also mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spiritual and other factors.
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
    Your naturopathic doctor will assist you in understanding health and illness and in becoming more capable of maintaining your own health.
  • Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    Your naturopathic doctor applies all of the above principles in a proactive form of disease prevention and health promotion