The practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing. These principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease and are examined continually in light of scientific analysis. These principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession:
- Utilize the healing power of nature
- Identify and treat the cause
- First do no harm
- Treat the whole person
- The physician as teacher
Because naturopathic philosophy recognizes the body’s innate ability to heal, the naturopathic doctor’s role then is to help identify and eliminate obstacles to wellness while supporting the body’s own healing mechanisms. In doing so, the naturopathic doctor is a teacher, educating and empowering a patient to take responsibility for his or her own health. The doctor is a catalyst, the patient is the healer.