The art and practice of Naturopathic Medicine is defined by the philosophical principles that guide its practice. Naturopathic Medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate ability to heal itself. It brings together botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, clinical nutrition, and hydrotherapy to support the body in health and healing. The goal is to treat the underlying cause of disease through the least invasive and least toxic therapies.
In this system of medicine, the body is viewed as a whole functioning unit, not a cluster of segmented parts. The philosophy for the practice of Naturopathic Medicine is based on six basic principles.
First do no harm – To use medicines that safe and effective and stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal. This is done through individualized treatment plans that utilize Naturopathic modalities.
Treat the Cause – Symptoms are the body’s expression of its attempt to heal. True healing resolves the underlying cause of disease as revealed by those symptoms.
Prevention is the best ‘cure’ – “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” By restoring optimal health we can prevent future illness and save pain, money, and lives.
Healing Power of Nature – The human body has an innate ability to heal, which can be facilitated with proper use of Naturopathic modalities.
Treat the Whole Person – Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual factors all play a role in our health. Individualized treatment programs support the whole person on their journey to a healthier, happier life.’
Doctor as Teacher – Naturopathic Medical Doctors educate their patients on how lifestyle affects health, and empowers people to take a proactive role in their own health.