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Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Six defining principles inform the practice of naturopathic medicine:

1First, Do No Harm (Primum non nocere)
Naturopathic physicians choose the most non-invasive and least toxic treatments necessary for each patient.

2The Healing Power of Nature (Vis medicatrix naturae)
Naturopathic doctors recognize the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.

3Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle causam)
Naturopathic doctors identify, address and remove the underlying causes of disease.

4Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Educating and supporting patients on personal health management is an important role of an ND. Naturopathic physicians empower patients to take responsibility for their own health. NDs also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.

5Treat the Whole Person (Tolle totum)
This is a holistic concept that recognizes the body as an integrated whole. Naturopathic doctors treat the patient, not the disease. A naturopathic assessment addresses the nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors in a person’s life.

6Prevention (Praevenic)
Naturopathic doctors promote a focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.

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