1. First Do No Harm
- Use of methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects;
- Use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
- Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppressing of symptoms; and
- Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual self-healing process
2. Identify and Treat the Causes
- In addition to alleviating acute and chronic symptoms of disease, NDs seek to identify and remove underlying causes of illness. Rather than merely eliminating or suppressing symptoms, this approach moves the body toward maintaining an optimal state of health.
3. Doctor as Teacher
- NDs work collaboratively with patients by sharing knowledge and information to create a successful treatment plan. Patients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own optimal health.
4. Treat the Whole Person
- In addition to addressing specific complaints or symptoms, NDs look at the ‘whole picture’. The physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors contributing to the health of each individual patient are thoroughly considered.
5. Emphasize Prevention
- NDs emphasize prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease in each patient. Appropriate interventions can then be made in partnership with patients to prevent illness.
6. Support the Healing Power of the Body
- The practice of Naturopathic Medicine recognizes an ordered and intelligent self-healing process that is inherent to every individual. NDs work to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery and to facilitate this natural self-healing process.