Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care derived from a strong philosophical belief about life, health, and disease.
It is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Its principles and philosophies are an integral component of naturopathic assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. It emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.
The six principles of naturopathic medicine are:
- First, Do No Harm (primum non nocere)
- Healing Power of Nature (vis medicatrix naturae)
- Treat the Cause (tolle causam)
- Treat The Whole Person (tolle totum)
- Doctor as Teacher (docere)
- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion