PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Identify and Treat the Cause
The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm
Naturopathic physicians follow three precepts to avoid harming the patient:
- Utilize methods and substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat.
- Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms.
- Acknowledge, respect, and work with the individual’s self-healing process.
Doctor As Teacher
Naturopathic physicians educate and encourage self-responsibility for health by teaching the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic physicians treat by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.
Naturopathy emphasizes the prevention of disease — assessing risk factors, heredity, and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness.
NATUROPATHIC THERAPEUTIC APPROACH
1. Establish the conditions for health
- Identify and remove disturbing factors
- Institute a more healthful regimen
2. Stimulate the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae): the self-healing processes, through low force methods such as constitutional hydrotherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture
3. Address weakened or damaged systems or organs (via botanical medicine, homeopathy, orthomolecular nutrients, glandulars, homeopathy, and other minimally invasive, safe, natural therapies)
- Strengthen the immune system
- Decrease toxicity
- Normalize inflammatory function
- Optimize metabolic function
- Balance regulatory systems
- Enhance regeneration
- Harmonize life force
4. Correct structural integrity
5. Address pathology:
- use specific natural substances, modalities, or interventions
- use specific pharmacologic or synthetic substances
6. Suppress or surgically remove pathology