Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal
health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing
process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.
Seven core values are the guides for the various therapeutic methods and modalities of Naturopathic medicine. While firmly science-based, modern naturopathic medicine also preserves and blends the century old wisdom of effective natural therapies with the current advances in the understanding of health and human systems. The 7 core values are:
1. First Do No Harm ... Primum non nocere
Naturopathic medicine uses therapies that are safe and effective.
2. The Healing Power of Nature.... Vis Medicatrix Naturae
The human body possesses the inherent ability to restore health. The physician’s role is to facilitate the process with the aid of natural nontoxic therapies.
3. Discover and Treat the Cause, not just the Effect ....Tolle Causam
Physicians seek and treat the underlying cause of a dis-ease. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal. The origin of the disease is removed or treated so the patient can recover.
4. Treat the Whole Person.... Tolle Totum
The multiple factors in health and disease are considered while treating the whole person. Physicians provide flexible treatment programs to meet the individual health care needs.
5. The Physician is a Teacher ... Docere
The physicians major role is a educate, empower and motivate patients to take responsibility for their own health. Creating a healthy cooperative relationship with the patient has a strong therapeutic value.
6. Prevention is the BEST “CURE” ... Praevenire
Naturopathic Physicians are preventive medicine specialists. They assess patient risk factors and heredity risk factors and heredity susceptibility and intervene appropriately to reduce risk and prevent illness. Prevention of disease is best accomplished through education and a lifestyle that supports health.
7. Wellness ... Salus
Establish or re-establish health and well being.