Naturopathic medicine emphasizes patient education, prevention, and identifying and treating the root cause of illness. Naturopathic doctors use a wide range of therapies from food to pharmaceuticals to treat just about every condition imaginable. We are experts at improving wellness and helping patients prevent future illness. Naturopathic medicine draws on a long history of healing with the power of nature - water, herbs, and nourishing foods. Combining this historical perspective with modern science, naturopathic medicine is a great fit for patients looking for more or different options than they may be offered by conventional medical providers. Naturopathic medicine shines especially brightly when used as part of an integrative treatment plan that includes healthcare providers of many disciplines.
The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
First, Do No Harm
Naturopathic doctors use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat and utilize methods which minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
Naturopathic doctors acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic doctors treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.
Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent.
Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Treat the Root Cause
Naturopathic doctors seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.