The essential principle of medicine is to avoid harm, by taking into consideration both the short and long-term consequences of diagnostic methods and treatments, and by recognizing when harm could occur from lack of action.
The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine recognizes that the body is its own healer and has an ordered and intelligent self-healing process. Our role is to facilitate and invigorate that process by removing obstacles to healing and recovery and to promote self-healing by stimulating one’s innate vital force.
The symptom is not the disease, but rather the harbinger of a system struggling to compensate from imbalances. Our goal is to uncover the deeper factors that are contributing to symptoms and to treat these underlying causes so that lasting improvements can occur.
The patient is viewed as a whole, a physical being existing in mental, emotional, spiritual, social and ecological environments. Treating the whole also means being sensitive to the environment, recognizing that personal and planetary health are deeply intertwined.
The original meaning for the word ‘doctor’ is teacher. Ultimately it is our goal to educate our patients with knowledge and tools for self-care, health maintenance, and disease prevention.
Preventative medicine is more than just screening exams and prophylactic medications. It is about understanding the many factors that are determining one’s health and thus contributing to either harmony or imbalance. Our goal is uncover and resolve imbalances before they become disease states, helping patients maintain and optimize their health in the process.