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 doctor’s role is to support the body’s internal healing ability with natural, non-toxic therapies, and to assist people in creating a healthy environment and lifestyle.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
Naturopathic doctors 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 doctors 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 person 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 doctor’s role is to empower people to reclaim agency over their health. The doctor strives to provide clients with knowledge, choice and hope.
Naturopathic doctors emphasize building and maintaining good health, with an aim towards preventing chronic disease.