Principles

Below are some of the key principles of Naturopathic Medicine:

The Healing Power of Nature

We seek to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate an individual’s innate self-healing process.

Identify and Treat the Cause

Identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than suppress symptoms.

First Do No Harm

Minimize the risks of harmful side effects, use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat, and always acknowledge, respect and work with the individual.

Doctor as Teacher

Educate the patient and encourage self –responsibility for health.

Treat the Whole Person

Taking account for each persons individuality in physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors.

Prevention

Emphasizing the prevention of disease—assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and then working in partnership with the patient to prevent illness.

For more information about Naturopathic Medicine visit The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians or the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association.