Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is really more of a philosophy of medical care, rather than a set of formulaic "green medicine" prescriptions. In other words, a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) isn't necessarily going to recommend a natural headache reliever in place of ibuprofen. An N.D. will look for the underlying causes of your headaches, remove these and eliminate the need for any headache medicine.

A Naturopathic Doctor will listen to your case and carefully evaluate the underlying cause of your concerns. You will then be provided with a natural (non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical) approach to better health. The approach is uniquely tailored to you.

Naturopathic medicine is based on the theory that when given the proper tools and opportunities, our bodies have an innate knowledge of how to heal. Naturopathic medicine works with each person to find the factors necessary to begin a path to true health and wellness.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

All Naturopathic Physicians learn and utilize these principles in their work. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians has adopted these ideas as a framework of what being a Naturopathic Doctor means:

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)

Naturopathic medicine recognizes the body's inherent ability, which is ordered and intelligent, to heal itself. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to recovery, and to facilitate and augment this healing ability.

Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)

The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or merely suppress symptoms.

First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)

Naturopathic medicine follows three principles to avoid harming the patient:

  1. utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects;
  2. avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms;
  3. acknowledge and respect the individual's healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.

Doctor as Teacher (Docere)

Naturopathic physicians educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat the Whole Person

Naturopathic physicians treat each individual by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual path.


Naturopathic physicians emphasize disease prevention, assessment of risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine strives to create a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.


Wellness follows the establishment and maintenance of optimum health and balance. Wellness is a state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotion, thought and action. Wellness is inherent in everyone, no matter what dis-ease(s) is/are being experienced. If wellness is really recognized and experienced by an individual, it will more quickly heal a given dis-ease than direct treatment of the dis-ease alone.