Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Unique in its holistic, natural approach to health and healing, naturopathic medicine offers tailored treatments to the individual patient. Its philosophical basis is founded on the following principles:
First Do No Harm: The doctor utilizes the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies to treat the patient.
The Healing Power of Nature: This is the belief that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself and to restore health, as well as ward off disease. The doctor’s role is to identify and remove the agents blocking the healing process.
Treat the whole person: Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, genetic, environmental and social factors. Therapies are individualized to bring these aspects into balance and thus promote healing.
Identify and Treat the Cause: Symptoms are signals that the body is out of balance. Treating the underlying cause is essential to the return of a healthy state.
Doctor as Teacher: The doctor is the facilitator in the healing process with the responsibility to educate the patient, offer options and encourage self responsibility for health.
Prevention: Prevention is the best cure. The doctor helps patients recognize how their choices affect health, assess hereditary risk factors and make appropriate recommendations to prevent illness and optimize health.