Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

By Sandra Ramani / February 2, 2017

Naturopathic medicine is governed by six core principles:

 The Healing Power of Nature Naturopathic

physicians recognize that the body’s inherent self-healing process is ordered and intelligent, and work to facilitate this process by identifying and removing any obstacles to healing and recovery.

Treat the Cause

Naturopathic physicians seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than focusing on the treatment or suppression of symptoms.

First Do No Harm

Keeping the patient’s comfort and safety in mind, naturopathic doctors use methods and medicinal substances that minimize the risk of harmful side effects, avoid the suppression of symptoms, respect the self-healing process and employ the least force necessary to diagnose and treat.

Doctor as Teacher

Naturopathic physicians educate their patients, encourage self-responsibility and understand the importance of the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat the Whole Person

Naturopathic physicians take into account each individual’s physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors, and understand that total health is also tied to spiritual health.


Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention, with doctors assessing risk factors and working with patients to help prevent illness.

Sandra Ramani

Sandra Ramani

Senior Contributing Editor at Organic Spa Magazine
In addition to serving as OSM’s Senior Contributing Editor, writer/editor Sandra Ramani covers travel, wellness, and lifestyle topics for such publications as Travel + Leisure, Robb Report, Premier Traveler, AFAR, Bridal Guide, Elite Traveler, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. She is also the author of “Day Trips from Dallas / Fort Worth,” now in its second edition. Recent assignments have found her sleeping in the Sahara, hopping helicopters in New Zealand, and making this new friend in Bali.
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