Naturopathic Medicine is an ever evolving practice, incorporating modern medical advancements in diagnosis and treatment into a practice of healthcare that focuses on the whole person-body, mind and spirit.
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The Healing Power of Nature: Every being on this earth has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. Healing comes from within. The physician’s role is to facilitate this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health and allow for this natural force to flow smoothly and powerfully, allowing for a state of wellness-body, mind and spirit.
Identify and Treat the Cause: Illness does not occur without cause. Symptoms are expressions of the body’s attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease; therefore, naturopathic medicine addresses itself primarily to the underlying causes of disease, rather than to the symptoms. Causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual.
First Do No Harm: The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, expressions of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with this healing process. The physician’s actions can support or antagonize the actions of vis medicatrix naturae; therefore, methods designed to suppress symptoms without removing underlying causes are considered harmful and are avoided or minimized.
Treat the Whole Person: Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors. The physician must treat the whole person by taking all of these factors into account. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is essential to recovery from and prevention of disease, and requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
The Physician as Teacher: The physician’s major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for his or her own health. The physician is a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not the doctor, who ultimately creates or accomplishes healing. The physician must strive to inspire hope as well as understanding.
Prevention: The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is prevention. This is accomplished through education and promotion of lifestyle habits that foster good health. The physician assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions to avoid further harm and risk to the patient. The emphasis is on building health rather than on fighting disease.
Wisdom Throughout the Ages
"The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well"
"It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has"
"Nature spontaneously keeps us well. Do not resist her!
Henry David Thoreau
"Fear is the greatest emotional enemy of health, cheerfulness is the best of all tonics and love the greatest physician"
Henry Lindlahr, MD
"The wound is the place where the light enters you"
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open."