The American Association of Naturopathic
Physicians (AANP) more fully describes these tenets as:
Utilize the Healing Power
of Nature: Vis Medicatrix Naturae Nature acts powerfully
through the healing mechanisms of the body and mind to maintain
and restore health. Naturopathic physicians work to restore
and support these inherent healing systems when they have broken
down, by using methods, medicines, and techniques that are in
harmony with natural processes.
First Do No Harm: Prinum
Non Nocere Naturopathic physicians prefer noninvasive treatments,
which minimize the risks of harmful side effects. They are trained
to know which patients they can treat safely, and which ones
they need to refer to other health care practitioners.
Find the Cause: Tolle
Causam Every illness has an underlying cause, often an aspect
of the lifestyle, diet, or habits of the individual. A naturopathic
physician is trained to find and remove the underlying cause
of a disease.
Treat the Whole Person:
Health or disease results from a complex interaction of physical,
emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, and other
factors. Naturopathic physicians treat the whole person, taking
these factors into account.
The naturopathic approach to health care can prevent minor illnesses
from developing into more serious, chronic, or degenerative
diseases. Patients are taught the principles with which to live
a healthy life; by following these principles, they can prevent
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