Naturopathic Philosophy is Based on 6 Main Principles
1. First Do No Harm: The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms which are in fact an expression of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complimentary to and synergistic with this healing process. The physicians actions can support or antagonize the actions of natures healing power. Therefore methods designed to suppress symptoms without removing underlying causes are considered harmful and are avoided or minimized.
2. Healing Power of Nature: The human body is created with the capacity to heal itself and to maintain homeostasis. There is a healing power in nature and this principal is the basis for all of naturopathy. Naturopathy is a system designed to work in harmony with nature in the restoration and support for the inherent natural healing systems of the body.
3. Identify and Treat the Cause: Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and removed or treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Symptoms are expression of the body’s attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease. Symptoms therefore should not be suppressed by treatment. The physician must evaluate fundamental underlying causes on all levels including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, directing treatment at root causes rather then at symptomatic expression.
4. Treat the Whole Person: Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, a whole involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional , genetic, environmental, social and other factors. The physician must treat the whole person by considering each of these factors. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is essential to recovery from and prevention of disease, and requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
5. Doctor as Teacher: Doctor means teacher, Naturopaths place the responsibility for wellness with the individual. Man is the steward of his body and the doctor is the teach or advisor to the individual on how to regain and maintain health. A co-operative doctor patient relationship has inherent therapeutic value. The doctor must strive to inspire hope as well as understand the patient. The patient must assumes responsibility in order to move in the direction of health. The physician must also make a commitment to his or her personal spiritual development in order to be a good teacher.
6. Prevention is the Best Cure: The ultimate goal of any health care system should be prevention. This is accomplished through education and promotion of life habits that create good health. The physician assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions to avoid further harm and risk to the patient. The emphasis is on building health rather then on fighting disease.