PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
Vis Medicatrix Naturae: The Healing Power of Nature
Primum Non Nocere: First, do no harm
Tolle Causam: Treat the cause
Docere: Doctor as teacher
Tolle Totum: Treat the whole person
Naturopathic medicine is based upon the philosophy that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. We refer to it as the Latin term "Vis Medicatrix Naturae." A doctor's job is to simply aid this process. In naturopathic medicine, we use tools such as homeopathy, nutrition and supplementation, lifestyle, physical medicine such as hydrotherapy, and mind body medicine such as counseling and meditation. Naturopathic doctors may prescribe pharmaceutical medications in states that license naturopathic physicians, but this will likely not be the first nor the only choice.