4.Educate Patients (Docere). Naturoapthic medicine believes that doctors must be educators as well as physicians. That’s why naturopathic doctors teach their clients how to eat exercise, relax and nuture themselves physically and emotionally. They also encourage self- responsibility and work closely with each patient.
5.Treat the whole person (Tolle Totum). We’re not just a gallbladder or kidney stone or arthritic hip. We each have a unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, sexual and spiritual makeup. The naturopathic doctor knows that all these factors affect our health. That’s why he or she includes them in a carefully tailored treatment strategy.
6. Prevention (Praevenire). “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has never been truer. Proactive medicine save money, pain, misery and lives. That’s why naturopathic
doctors evaluate risk factors, heredity and vulnerability to disease. By getting treatment
for greater wellness, we’re less likely to need treatment for future illnesses.
Use low risk procedures and healing compounds---such as dietary supplements, herbal extracts and homeopathy---with few or no side effects.
When possible do not suppress symptoms, which are the body’s efforts to self-heal. For example, the body may cook up a fever in reaction to a bacterial infection. Fever creates an inhospitable environment for the harmful bacteria, therby destroying it. Of course, the naturopathic physician would not allow the fever to get dangerously high.
Naturopathic Doctors base their practice on six timeless principles founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence:
Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Mother Nature knows what she’s doing. That’s why our bodies have such a powerful, innate instinct for self-healing. By finding and removing the barriers to this self-healing-----such as poor diet or unhealthy habits---naturopathic doctors can nuture this healing process.
First do no Harm (Primum non Nocere). Naturopathic Doctors follow three precepts to ensure their clients safety: