Six Principles of Naturopathy

Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)

Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in each person, which 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.

First, Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)

Naturopathic doctors utilize methods and natural substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat while avoiding when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and respecting the individuals’ self-healing process.

Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)

Health and “dis”-ease are the result of various factors in our lives. We look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.

Doctor as Teacher (Docere)

The origin of the word “doctor” (docere) means teacher. The naturopathic doctor upholds this responsibility by viewing each patient visit as an educational opportunity.

Treat the Whole Person

Health and disease result from complex interactions between our internal (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic) and our external (social, environmental) experiences. Naturopathic medicine recognizes that optimal health is based on the harmonious functioning of these factors.


Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease. Appropriate interventions are made in partnership with the patient.