Medical Moment – Naturopathic Medicine Principles

Since I am a Naturopathic medical student, I feel like I should give you guys a brief low down on Naturopathic medicine, Naturopathic doctors, and what we are really about.

I want to start with the 6 principles of Naturopathic Medicine, but to avoid boring you, I am just going to focus on 1 at a time.

The 6 Naturopathic principles are at the heart of everything we do as physicians, help shape our patient-centered care, and show how Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) view medicine.

The 6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine!

1. The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)

Healing Power of Nature

Healing Power of Nature

The human body is intelligent and organized. It will try to heal itself if at all possible and is constantly working, without your knowledge, to establish, maintain, and restore health.

  • NDs role is to facilitate and support this natural process by identifying and removing obstacles to health as well as supporting the creation of a healthy internal/external environment.
  • We do this in a variety of ways using multiple modalities (types of treatment) including: nutrition, lifestyle changes (physical activity and environment), herbs, botanicals, vitamins/minerals, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, homeopathy, physical medicine, and more. We also use drugs and surgery (if needed).
Naturopathic doctors in our natural habitat...

Naturopathic doctors in our natural habitat…

2. Identify & Treat the Underlying Cause of Disease (Tolle Causam)

3. Above All, Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)

4. Doctor as Teacher (Docere)

5. Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum)

6. Prevention (Preventare)

What you do not see is what it took to get there... #treeclimbingstruggles

What you do not see is what it took to get there… #treeclimbingstruggles

My name is Emma Petshow and I am a 3rd year naturopathic medical student at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. For more about myself, check out my bio. This blog is intended for information about preventive health and lifestyle improvement. The information contained on this blog is not to be used as medical advice. For specific medical advice you should consult your physician.
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