Naturopathic medicine means working with nature to restore health. Naturopathy is a distinct primary healthcare profession that emphasizes prevention, treatment, and progress towards optimum health by stimulating inherent self-healing mechanisms within the body.
The medicine follow six tenets:
Vis Medicatrix Naturae – The healing power of nature.
We believe in the ordered and intelligent self-healing mechanisms inherent in the living body
Tolle Causum – Identify and treat the cause.
Symptom relief is not enough. We must seek to identify and remove underlying causes of illness.
Primum Non Nocere – Above all, do no harm.
Minimize risk, use the least force possible, avoid harmful suppression, acknowledge and respect the self-healing process.
Docere – Doctor as teacher.
Educate patients and encourage taking responsibility for one’s own health. Recognize the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Tolle Totum – Treat the whole person.
Consider physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and spiritual health.
Preventare – Prevention
Make interventions to prevent illness. Consider risk factors, heredity, and susceptibility. Create an environment to thrive.
Naturopathic physicians seek to treat by stimulating inherent mechanisms. In such, interventions are given at the lowest therapeutic dose. Preference is given to natural, homeopathic, and energetic remedies, and treatments with low invasiveness. Lifestyle modification precedes prescription. Hygiene, dietetics, physical medicine, exercise, and nutrition are common methods.