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1. IDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSE

The Naturopathic Doctor seeks to identify and remove the underlying cause of illness, rather than merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

 

2. FIRST DO NO HARM

Use methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects. Avoid, when possible, the harmful supressing of symptoms. Acknowledge, respect, and work with the individual's physical, mental, emotional, genetic, enviromental, and social factors.

 

3. DOCTOR AS TEACHER

Naturopathic doctors share information and knowledge with their patients and encourage self-responsibility.

 

4. TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON

Naturopathic doctors treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, enviromental, and social factors.

 

5. EMPHASIZE PREVENTION

Naturopathic Doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity, and suseptibility to disease and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

6. SUPPORT THE HEALING POWER OF THE BODY

Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic Doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and increase this inherent self-healing process.