The modalities that a Naturopathic doctor works with may include: clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, Oriental medicine or TCM (depending on state licensing), lifestyle counseling and stress management, natural childbirth (with additional training), and minor surgery. These modalities will vary depending on particular state licensing and/or the school graduated from. Other Naturopathic doctors may choose to limit their healing modalities and/or add other skills such as mesotherapy.
Naturopathic physicians follow six principles that guide their practice of medicine:
primum non nocere (first do no harm)
Naturopathic medicine uses therapies that are safe and effective.
vis medicatrix naturae (the healing power of nature)
The use of non-toxic therapies to facilitate the bodies innate ability to restore health.
tolle causam (discover and treat the cause, not just the effect)
Instead of just suppressing the symptoms, a Naturopathic physician looks for and treats the root cause of illness.
tolle totum ( treat the whole person)
Treatment plans are customized to the individual needs of each person
docere (the physician as teacher)
The physician seeks to empower and educate each patient to be responsible for their own health.
Morbus impedo ( Prevention is the best cure)
A Naturopathic physician helps the patient to prevent illness