Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Practitioner Training and principles of naturopathic medicine

Dedicated to the study and celebration of nature’s healing powers, naturopathic medicine is a profession that acknowledges the interconnection and interdependence of everything living. Naturopathic practices applies the least invasive and least toxic therapies to treat illness and to promote wellness by viewing the body as an integrated whole.

Rather than by methods or modalities, naturopathic medicine is defined by principles . Above all, it honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal. Naturopathic doctors are guided by six fundamental healing principles:

First, to do no harm, by using methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects.

To treat the causes of disease, by identifying and removing the underlying causes of illness, rather than suppressing symptoms.

To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, by sharing knowledge with patients and encouraging individual responsibility for health.

To heal the whole person through individualized treatment, by understanding the unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to illness, and customizing treatment protocols to the patient.

To emphasize prevention, by partnering with the patient to assess risk factors and recommend appropriate naturopathic interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.

To support the healing power of the body, by recognizing and removing obstacles to the body’s inherent self-healing process.