Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine practice is guided by six philosophical principles that are explained below. While these principles are common to naturopathic training, it is important to remember that just because a physician isn't a naturopath doesn't mean that they don't embrace one or another of these principles.

First Do No Harm
While trained in pharmacy and surgical methods, naturopathic physicians seek to first employ methods which pose the least risk of causing harm to their patients.

Healing Power Of Nature
Naturopathic medicine recognizes a self-healing process of the body that is ordered and intelligent. We do not purport to be the cause of cure, but simply a catalyst to effect that which would occur naturally, given the right conditions and resources.

Identify The Cause
A naturopathic doctor will make efforts to identify the underlying causes of disease whenever possible, and to offer strategies for addresing these rather that merely covering up symptoms.

Acknowledge The Whole Person
The human being is much more than a chemical factory, but a multidimensional person with mental, emotional, environmental, and spiritual factors which play an important role in the healing process.

Physician As Teacher
Naturopathic physicians take the time to develop relationships with our patients, and to provide education on health issues that are important to our patients. We are experts at taking complex health information and relating it in common-language terms that you can understand.

Prevention Is The Best Cure
Naturopathic doctors employ a health-promotion, rather than a disease-fighting, mentality that seeks to empower the body's natural healing mechanisms in order to prevent health conditions from developing in the first place.