Yes, we have many principles by which we work (unlike conventional medicine) These are the most important:
First, Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
This is the first and most important of our guiding principles. We utilize methods and natural medicines which minimize the risk of harmful side effects (we only use techniques and natural medicines that would not harm a healthy person to do/take). We acknowledge and respect the individual’s healing process, using the least invasive or gentlest method necessary to diagnose and treat illness. And we avoid, whenever possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms.
Naturopaths choose remedies and therapies that are safe and effective, to increase your health and decrease harmful side effects.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Naturopaths work to restore and support the powerful and inherent healing ability of the body, mind and spirit and to prevent further disease from occurring. Naturopaths identify and remove obstacles to recovery, facilitating and augmenting this ordered and intelligent healing ability.
Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
The primary goal of a naturopath is to determine and treat the underlying cause rather than simply managing or suppressing their symptoms. The underlying cause may be due to diet, lifestyle habits, life events, posture or environment. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal.
Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum)
Each person is unique and requires individualized care. In treating the cause of any condition a naturopath takes into account not only your physical symptoms, but also mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spiritual and other factors. Disease affects the entire person, not just a specific organ or system. Your nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, feelings, environmental stresses, and physical health are all carefully evaluated and addressed.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Naturopaths will assist you in understanding health and illness. He/she will provide with an understanding of the factors that affect your health and help you balance and become more capable of maintaining your own health. Naturopaths also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is the Best Medicine (Prevenere)
Naturopaths believe that health is more than just the absence of disease. Consequently they apply all of the above principles proactively to prevent disease and promote optimum health. Naturopaths emphasize healthy daily habits, they assess risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and make appropriate interventions to prevent illness.
Health entails daily functioning on the highest possible levels, and is obtained by proper nutrition, exercise, a balanced lifestyle, positive emotions, thoughts and actions. The capacity for optimal wellness or an improved quality of life is inherent in everyone.