Naturopathy and naturopathic medicine are based on the following principles:
The Healing Power of Nature. Nature acts powerfully, through healing mechanisms in the body and mind, to maintain and restore health. Naturopathic physicians work to restore and support these inherent healing systems when they have broken down, by using methods, medicines and techniques that are in harmony with natural processes.
First Do No Harm. Naturopaths prefer non-invasive treatments that minimize the risks of harmful side effects. They are trained to distinguish who can be safely treated and who may need to be referred to another health care provider.
Find the Cause. Every illness has an underlying cause. This cause often involves lifestyle, diet or individual habits. A naturopathic physician is trained to find and address the underlying cause of a disease.
Treat the Whole Person. Health and disease come from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. Naturopathic physicians treat the whole person, taking into account all of these factors.
Preventive Medicine. The naturopathic approach to health care can prevent minor illnesses from developing into more serious or chronic degenerative diseases. Patients are taught the principles for living a healthy life. By following these principles, they are more likely to prevent major illnesses and promote health and well-being.
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