Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. It is based on the healing power of nature and it supports and stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself.


Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention using natural therapies including: botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, lifestyle counselling and health promotion and disease prevention.

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

1. Primum non nocere - First, Do No Harm

  • Naturopathic doctors choose the most non-invasive, and least toxic treatments necessary
  • Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms
  • Acknowledge and respect the individual's healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illnesses 
  • Utilize methods and substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects 

2. Vis medicatrix naturae - The Healing Power of Nature

  • Naturopathic doctors recognize the body's inherent ability to heal itself 
  • Identify and remove obstacles to recovery
  • Facilitate and support the healing process 

3. Tolle Causam - Identify and Treat the Root Cause

  • Naturopathic doctors investigate symptoms in order to find the cause - the primary goal of treatment
  • Identify, address, and remove this cause 

4. Docere - Doctor as Teacher

  • Empower patients through education and support

5. Tolle totum - Treat the Whole Cause

  • Treat the patient, not the disease or the symptoms
  • Naturopathic doctors recognize the body as an integrated whole, and take into account everything that is going on

6. Praevenic - Prevention

  • "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" - Benjamin Franklin
  • Naturopathic doctors work to promote overall health, wellness, and disease prevention
  • Emphasize healthy daily habits, assess risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease
  • Make appropriate interventions to prevent illness. 

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