Principles of Naturopathic Medicine


Naturopathic doctors are guided by six fundamental healing principles:

  • First, Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere) – Naturopathic Doctors utilize therapies that minimize the risk of harm and apply the least possible force to restore health.
  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae) –  Naturopathic Doctors recognize and support the inherent self-healing ability of the individual.
  • Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causum) – Naturopathic Doctors seek to identify and treat the underlying causes of disease.
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere) – The primary role of the Naturopathic Doctor is to educate and support each patient in taking responsibility for their health.
  • Treat the Whole Person – Naturopathic Doctors recognize that health results from a complex interaction of many factors and focus on treatment of the whole person through individualized care.
  • Focus on Prevention A primary focus of the Naturopathic Doctors is the prevention of disease through encouraging a healthy lifestyle and controlling risk factors.

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