The practice of Naturopathic Medicine emerges from six underlying principles that distinguish the profession from other medical approaches. These include:
First, do no harm – primum no nocere
To provide the most effective health care available with the least risk to the patient at all times.
The healing power of nature – vis medicatrix naturae
To promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual by identifying obstacles to health and supporting a healthy internal and external environment.
Identify and treat the cause – tolle causam
To identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or suppress symptoms. Causes may occur on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.
The doctor as teacher – docere
To educate and encourage the individual to take responsibility for his/her health. The doctor is a catalyst for the person to make healthful changes and healthy life choices.
Treat the whole person – the comprehensive nature of health and disease
To consider and understand factors and influences, including the interaction of physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors as they relate to health and illness of an individual.