Naturopathic Principles

Naturopathic Principles

Naturopathic medicine is based on the principles outlined below. These principles guide Dr. Kuzniar in your care.

1. First do no harm: Primum No Nocere

The therapeutic processes used by a physician should be aimed at supporting the body in its attempt at self-healing. Naturopathic medicine works synergistically with the Healing Power of Nature (the vis mediatrix naturae). Symptoms of disease are generated by our bodies as part of the healing process.

 

Any treatment which does not address the underlying cause of the symptoms, but merely suppresses these symptoms, is considered harmful. Such suppressive therapies are minimized or avoided if at all possible

2. The healing power of nature: Vis Mediatrix Naturae

Our bodies have an innate mechanism for maintaining and re-establishing health through a system which is structured and intelligent. Naturopathic medicine aims to support this healing process through identifying and eliminating barriers to health and recovery, and by restoring health to the interior and exterior environments of the individual. The naturopathic physician treats disease by stimulating and supporting the individual’s inherent healing capacity.

3. Identify and treat the cause: Tolle Causam

Symptoms of illness are viewed not as the cause of disease, but as the expression of the body’s attempt at self-healing and should therefore not be suppressed through medical treatment. Rather, complete recovery from illness depends on the discovery and removal of the true root causes of ill-health in the individual. Naturopathic medicine aims to uncover and address these causative factors at the physical, metal, emotional or spiritual levels in each patient thereby restoring health.

4. Heal the whole person: Tolle Totum

Naturopathic medicine views the individual as a complex and unique whole; made up of many interacting facets. All of these integral factors- spiritual, emotional, mental and physical- must be taken into account in the care of the individual. The naturopathic physician seeks to uncover each of these layers in the patient and to diagnose and treat in a manner which is inclusive of all of them.

5. The physician as teacher: Docere

Naturopathy views the role of the physician as one of educator rather than the paternalistic, all-powerful doctor figure of the past. The naturopathic physician is a catalyst; encouraging the patient to make decisions which promote health and prevent disease. The patient is an active participant in the restoration and maintenance of his/her health. The naturopathic doctor-patient relationship is a therapeutic one, in which the patient is empowered and motivated to assume ultimate responsibility for his/her own health.

6. Prevention: Prevention is the best cure

The fundamental goal of naturopathic medicine is the pursuit of optimal health and not merely the treatment of disease once it arises. The naturopathic doctor educates the patient in making choices which promote health and prevent disease through assessing the individual’s risk factors and circumstance and guiding the patient in building a healthful lifestyle and minimizing the risk of disease.

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