All forms of medicine are defined not just by Science, but also the Art, Philosophy, Principals and Practice of the medicine. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes Naturopathic Medicine as a unique system of medicine. Naturopathic medicine keeps astride of the current medical scientific research in understanding and diagnosing disease, but is mostly defined by it philosophy and principles. Methods and modalities of treatment are selected and applied based on these principles in relationship to the individual needs of the patient.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process. Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to recovery and promote this self-healing process.
Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
Naturopathic doctors seek to identify and remove the underlying cause to illness, rather than just covering up or suppressing symptoms.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Naturopathic doctors utilize modalities which minimize the risk of harmful side effects and use the least invasive, most effective treatments first.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic doctors treat each patient individually, taking into account an individual's physical, mental, emotional state as well as genetic, environmental and social factors.
Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease, assess risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and make interventions to prevent illness. It is always easier to prevent a disease than it is to treat one.
Wellness and Optimal Health
Wellness follows the establishment and maintenance of optimum health and balance. It is a dynamic state of being healthy and is characterized by positive emotion, thought and action. By seeking Optimal Health we go beyond what is the minimum to fend off disease and work to be as healthy as possible.
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