What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Natural Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine believes and practices based on certain principles: These principles are:

  1. The Healing Power of Nature
    • Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself
  2. First, do no harm
    • Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies
  3. Identify and Treat the Cause
    • Look beyond the symptoms to find the underlying cause and remove the obstacles to cure
  4. Doctor as Teacher
    • Through education and a trust-based relationship, an individual understands steps to achieve and maintain health
  5. Treat the whole person
    • View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and nonphysical dimensions
  6. Prevention
    • Focus on overall health, wellness, and dis-ease prevention

Naturopathic medicine focuses on stimulating and maintaining the body’s inherent healing process through the use of balanced living and natural therapies, blending ancient medical knowledge and a philosophy that nature is the best healer along with current research on human systems and health.

For more information, visit the website of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians or Bastyr University.

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