Naturopathic Doctors are guided by five fundamental healing principles. It is these principles that distinguish the naturopathic medical profession from other medical approaches.
First, Do No Harm
Naturopathic Doctors recommend a variety of therapeutic practices and treatments that are safe and that minimize and/or avoid the risk of harmful side effects. They implement the least invasive means available in approaching treatment and avoid the harmful suppression of symptoms.
To Act in Cooperation with the Healing Powers of Nature
To ‘act in cooperation with the healing powers of nature’ means supporting the body’s own innate ability to heal itself. This is done by supporting the action of the body’s immune system, addressing obstacles to cure such as lifestyle or attitudes that may interupt the ability of the body to heal, and avoiding toxic and/or unnecessary aggressive treatments that may further weaken the body.
To Identify and Address the Fundamental Cause(s) of Disease
Naturopathic Doctors view symptoms as an expression of the disease process. To treat the disease, the underlying cause(s) must be identified and treated to achieve maximum recovery and return to optimal health.
To Heal the Whole Person through Individualized Treatment
Total health involves understanding the unique physical, mental and emotional aspects of a person, as well as their genetic environment and social spheres as these can contribute to illness for a particular patient. Only then implementing an individualized treatment plan that will address the patients’ unique health condition.
To Teach the Principles of Healthy Living and Preventive Medicine
The primary objective of naturopathic medicine is to provide the knowledge and tools to the patient necessary for the prevention of disease and to empower them to take responsibility for their own health.
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