What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a philosophy of medicine in which the least force medicine is used that will restore the patient to health. The goal is not merely disease treatment, but health restoration. The Naturopathic Principles and Therapeutic Order included below are key. At The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine these principles are so important that they are posted in the waiting area as a reminder for us all.
Vix Medicatrix Naturae – The Healing Power of Nature.
Nature acts powerfully through healing mechanisms in the body to maintain and restore health. The naturopathic physician works to restore and support these inherent systems.
Primum Non Nocere – First Do No Harm.
The naturopathic physician seeks to provide the most effective health care with the least risk to the client.
Tolle Causum – Find Cause.
The naturopathic physician shall strive to identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than merely eliminate or suppress symptoms
Docere – Doctor as Teacher.
The naturopathic physician educates the client, inspires rational hope, and encourages self-responsibility for health.
Treat the Whole Person –
Health or disease comes from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle or other factors. The naturopathic physician treats the whole person, taking these factors into account.
Wellness is a state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotion, thought and action. Wellness is inherent in everyone. The naturopathic physician shall seek to restore, maintain, and optimize wellness.
Preventive Medicine –
The naturopathic physician promotes health through the prevention of disease for the individual, each community, and the world.
- Re-establish the basis for health.
- Stimulate the healing power of nature.
- Tonify weakened systems.
- Correct structural integrity.
- Prescribe specific natural substances for pathology.
- Prescribe specific pharmacological substances for pathology.
- Prescribe surgery, suppressive drugs, radiation, and chemotherapy.