Vis Medicatrix Naturae
The Healing Power
Naturopathic medicine recognizes the body's inherent ability to heal itself. Naturopathic physicians identify and remove obstacles to recovery to facilitate this healing ability in patients.
The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than eliminate or merely suppress symptoms.
Identify and Treat the Cause
Primum Non Nocere
First Do No Harm
Naturopathic medicine follows 3 principles to avoid harm
use methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects
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 illness.