Naturopathic Medicine Oaths and Principles
Naturopathic doctors are philosophically governed by their oath and naturopathic principles.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
From a naturopathic philosophy, preventing harm refers to both the present as well as into the future. Many pharmaceutical interventions opt for temporary relief at the expense of long-term health. Selecting medicinal substances to reduce this risk, avoiding the suppression of symptoms when possible and respecting the individuals unique healing process is critical to this governing principle.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Naturopathic doctors identify and remove obstacles to recovery, facilitating and augmenting nature’s ordered and intelligent healing ability. This is accomplished through the selection of appropriate therapeutic interventions.
Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
Our primary goal is to determine and treat the underlying cause of your discomfort or disease rather than simply managing or suppressing the symptoms. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal and are important indicators of where the body needs to be supported rather than suppressed.
Treat the Whole Person
Each person is unique and requires individualized care. Disease affects the entire person, not just a specific organ or system. Your nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, feelings, environmental stresses, and physical health are all carefully evaluated and addressed.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Inherent to changing your health is an understanding of how to listen to the messages of your body and to develop long-term strategies to optimize and maintain your health and that of your family.
Naturopathic doctors use a variety of therapies to achieve optimal health:
~ Botanical Medicine
~ Traditional Chinese
~ Medicine (TCM) including acupuncture
~ Strategic Nutritional Supplementation
~ Lifestyle Counseling