Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
- The Healing Power of Nature. Naturopathic medicine recognises an inherent self-healing process in each of us which is both ordered and intelligent.
- ND’s act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and enlarge this self-healing ability.
- Identify and Treat the Cause. ND’s seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to only eliminate or suppress symptoms.
- Do No Harm. ND’s follow these precepts to avoid harming the patient:
- Utilise methods and substances which minimise the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnoses and treat.
- Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms.
- Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual’s self-healing process.
- Refer for appropriate treatment when naturopathic therapies are inappropriate.
- Doctor as Teacher. ND’s educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognise and employ the therapeutic potential of a good doctor-patient relationship.
- Treat the Whole Person. ND’s treat each patient taking into account individual physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, genetic, environmental, social and other factors.
- Prevention. ND’s highlight the prevention of disease, evaluating risk factors, heredity, and vulnerability to disease and making appropriate interventions together with their patients to prevent illness.
What Naturopathic Doctors Do
Naturopathic doctors (ND’s):
Are primary practitioners trained to be experts in natural medicine.
Concentrate on whole person wellness; treatment to each individual patient and highlights prevention and self-care.
Help to find the underlying causes of the patient’s condition rather than focusing on symptomatic treatment.
Believe strongly in integrative medicine and cooperate with all other branches of medicine, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis and/or treatment when appropriate.