Naturopathic medicine is guided by the following six principles of healing:
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
The human body has an innate ability to restore and maintain health. The physician’s role is to support the body’s internal healing ability with natural, non-toxic therapies, and to assist the patient in creating a healthy environment and lifestyle.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
Naturopathic physicians seek to treat the underlying causes of disease. While it is sometimes appropriate to palliate surface symptoms, we must always dig deeper to discover and also address root causes.
First, Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Naturopathic physicians avoid using therapies where the risks outweigh the benefits. They use the gentlest interventions first and use natural, non-toxic treatments as first line therapy.
Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum)
Each patient is a unique individual who requires a personalized treatment plan that takes into account their whole being - body, mind and spirit.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
The naturopathic physician’s role is to empower patients to reclaim agency over their health. The physician strives to provide patients with knowledge, choice and hope.
Naturopathic physicians emphasize building and maintaining good health, with an aim towards preventing chronic disease.