The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
healing power of nature is the inherent self-organizing and healing
process of living systems. Naturopathic medicine recognizes this healing
process to be ordered and intelligent. It is the naturopathic
physician's role to support, facilitate and augment this process by
identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery and by
supporting the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.
Find The Cause (Tolle Causam)
naturopathic physician is trained to discover and confront the
underlying cause(s) of disease instead of merely treating symptoms.
Whenever possible the suppression of symptoms is avoided as suppression
generally interferes with the healing process.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
physicians utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the
risk of harmful effects, and apply the least possible force or
intervention necessary to diagnose illness and restore health. As
primary care physicians, naturopaths are trained to recognize the limits
of their expertise and to refer patients to specialists when necessary.
Treat The Whole Person
Health or disease
comes from a complex interaction of mental, emotional, spiritual,
physical, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, and other factors.
Naturopathic physicians treat the whole person, taking these factors
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
original meaning of the word "doctor" is teacher. Naturopathic
physicians recognize the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient
relationship and strive to educate the patient and emphasize
self-responsibility for health.
physicians aim at preventing illness by focusing on the foundations of
health (nutrition, stress management, lifestyle, and environment). With
patients who already have a minor illness, this approach can also
prevent the transition to more chronic degenerative disease.
and maintaining optimum health and balance. Wellness is a state of
being healthy, characterized by positive emotion, thought, and action.
Wellness is inherent in everyone no matter what disease(s) are being
experienced. If wellness is really recognized and experienced by an
individual, it will more quickly heal a given disease than direct
treatment of the disease alone.