The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
What are the Guiding Principles of Naturopathic Medicine?
Do No Harm
Naturopathic doctors utilize techniques and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of unwanted side effects and are supportive of the body’s ability to restore and maintain health.
Teach the Principles of Healthy Living and Preventative Medicine
Naturopathic doctors are educators of healthy living and patients are encouraged to understand and practice its principles. By helping patients change behaviours that contribute to ill health, disease can be prevented and sustainable wellness achieved.
Address the Fundamental Causes of Disease
Naturopathic doctors endeavour to identify and treat elementary causes of illness and avoid simply masking or suppressing symptoms. This approach allows for deeper healing and longer lasting relief of dis-ease.
Heal the Whole Person through Individualized Treatment
Naturopathic doctors take into consideration the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental and psychosocial factors contributing to health. As the relative importance of these factors vary from person to person, an individualized approach to each patient is required.
Co-operate With the Healing Powers of Nature
Naturopathic doctors strive to identify and remove obstacles to healing and facilitate and support the body's natural ability to heal. Nature provides us with a wealth of resources to support the healing process.