The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Nature)
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent ability in the body which is ordered and intelligent. The body is always working to maintain and restore the balance in which it functions optimally. Symptoms are experienced when the body is attempting to defend and heal itself. Naturopathic physicians aim at identifying and removing obstacles to recovery and facilitate and augment this healing ability.

Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic physicians treat each individual by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other factors. It is very rare to see any chronic condition in one of the body systems without affecting another system. Therefore, when treating the whole person it is important to be mindful of the immediate concerns, but also of all the associated factors.

First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Naturopathic medicine follows three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
• Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
• Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms.
• Acknowledge and respect the individual’s healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.

Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
Illnesses cannot occur without a cause, and symptoms (whether headache, asthma, fever, nausea, vomiting, rash, diarrhea, etc.) are not the cause of the illness, but rather a witness. Symptoms are an expression of the body in an attempt to defend or heal itself. Although the cause of a disease can originate on many levels, it often lies on the patient’s lifestyle, diet, habits or emotional state. Therefore the naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or merely suppress symptoms. When the symptoms are treated without treating the underlying causes, patients often develop more serious or chronic conditions.

Prevention
Naturopathic physicians emphasize disease prevention, assessment of risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness. Most often health is a reflection of how we choose to live. Patients cannot achieve optimum health when they are eating the wrong foods, not getting enough water, exercise, sleep, etc., and it is the responsibility of the doctor to make the patient aware of the factors that influence their health. It then becomes the patient’s responsibility to put in practice those factors which will enable him/her to establish and maintain optimum health and well being.

Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
“Docere” is a latin word meaning to teach or instruct. Naturopathic physicians educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.

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