Health is the expression of a harmonious balance between various components of man’s nature, the environment and ways of life … nature is the physician of disease.
The goal of a naturopathic physician is to employ therapies that support and promote the body's natural healing process, leading to the highest state of wellness.
The philosophical approach of naturopathic medicine includes prevention of disease, encouraging the body's inherent healing abilities, natural treatment of the whole person, personal responsibility for one's health, and education of patients in health-promoting lifestyles.
Naturopathic principles include:
The Healing power of nature. Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent ability in the body which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to recovery and to facilitate and augment this healing ability.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam) The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or merely suppress symptoms.
Treat the whole person not individual symptoms
Build the body on a natural basis through improved nutrition and gradual detoxification
Allow the individual to take personal responsibility for their health
Help establish natural habits in tune with the body’ s needs and requirements