Naturopathy focuses on the six basic principals of healing:
The Healing Power of Nature. Naturopathic medicine recognises an inherent self-healing process in each of us that is both ordered and intelligent. Naturopaths act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this self-healing ability.
Identify and Treat the Cause. Seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm. Using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat and therefor minimising the risk of unpleasant side effects. Avoid the suppression of symptoms that may become harmful. Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual’s self-healing processes. Refer the individual to the appropriate services when further assistance is required.
Doctor as Teacher. Educate and encourage the individual to take responsibility for their own health.
Treat the Whole Person. Treating each person, taking into account individual physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, genetic, environmental, social and other factors.
Prevention. Prevention is better than cure – assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with the individual to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine is committed to the creation of a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.