NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Naturopathic physicians are primary care providers clinically trained in natural therapeutics and whose philosophy is derived in part from the 2000-year-old Hippocratic teaching (vis mediatrix naturae) that nature is the healer of all diseases. Their practice is based on the same bio-medical science foundation that conventional practice is; however, their treatment philosophies and approaches often differ. While naturopathic physicians and conventional physicians share common diagnostic methods, naturopathic physicians treat patients using natural therapies such as physical manipulation, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, counseling, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy - choosing treatments based on the individual patient, not based on the generality of symptoms. Below are the 6 principles of naturopathic medicine that every ND swears an oath on, promising to treat each patient in accordance with these laws.

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FIRST DO NO HARM (PRIMUM NON NOCERE) - UTILIZE THE MOST NATURAL, LEAST INVASIVE AND LEAST TOXIC THERAPIES

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THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE (VIS MEDICATRIX NATURAE) - TRUST IN THE BODY’S INHERENT WISDOM TO HEAL ITSELF

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IDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSE (TOLLE CAUSAM) - LOOK BEYOND THE SYMPTOMS TO THE UNDERLYING CAUSE

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DOCTOR AS TEACHER (DOCERE) -EDUCATE PATIENTS IN THE STEPS TO ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING HEALTH

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TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON (TOLLE TOTUM) - VIEW THE BODY AS AN INTEGRATED WHOLE IN ALL ITS PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS

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PREVENTION (PREVENIR) - FOCUS ON OVERALL HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND DISEASE PREVENTION