Naturopathic doctors are guided by fundamental healing principles:
First, to do no harm, by using methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
To co-operate with the healing power of nature, and support the healing power of the body, by recognizing and removing obstacles to the body's inherent self-healing process.
To treat the causes of disease, by identifying and removing the underlying causes of illness, rather than suppressing symptoms.
To heal the whole person through individualized treatment, by understanding the unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to illness, and customizing treatment protocols to the patient.
To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, by sharing knowledge with patients and encouraging individual responsibility for health, and to emphasize prevention, by partnering with the patient to assess risk factors and recommend appropriate naturopathic interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.