The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
There is an inherent self-healing process in the body that is ordered and intelligent. The healing power of nature & the concept of the vital force is deep within us. Whether called Chi in China, Ki in Japan, Prana in India or Mana in Hawaii, the Vital force is our inherent wisdom, our essence, which inspires healing on all levels.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Naturopathic medicine follows three principles to avoid harming the patient:
(1) Utilize methods and medical substances that minimize the risk of harmful side effects
(2) Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms
(3) Acknowledge and respect the individualís healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.
Treat the Whole Person
Optimal wellness comes from embracing and respecting all aspects of our being – mind, body, heart and soul.
Find the Cause (Tolle Causam)
Treating the source of disharmony brings cure. Fixing symptoms only leads to temporary relief. Everything must be taken into consideration when restoring balance and alignment.
Be mindful of preventing illness first rather than waiting for problems to occur and then addressing them. One needs to make conscious lifestyle choices while healthy in order to stay that way.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
The genuine meaning of doctor is teacher. Listening, educating, reflecting, supporting and being a resource are the primary roles of a Naturopathic Physician.