|Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The Healing Power of Nature
The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and
restore health. The physician's role is to facilitate and
augment this process, to act to identify and remove obstacles
to health and recovery. The physician's treatment must
support the healing power of nature and therapy must be
congruent with the internal order
of the organism.
Treat the Whole Person
The harmonious function of all aspects of the individual is
essential to health. Imbalance in one area affects the whole.
Therapy must be a personalized and
comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
First Do No Harm
The physician must be mindful of consequences of side
effects of treatment. The more gentle the therapy, the less
disruptive it is to the patient on the whole.
Physician as Teacher
The physician's major role is to educate and encourage the
patient to take responsibility for health, and to be a catalyst for
healthful change. It is the patient,
not the doctor, who ultimately creates or accomplishes healing.
Health is a reflection of how we choose to live. The ultimate
goal of naturopathic medicine is prevention, accomplished
through education and promotion of
life-habits that create good health. The emphasis is on
building health rather than on fighting disease.