Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

The Healing Power of Nature

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Vis Medicatrix Naturae

Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.

Identify and Treat the Causes

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Tolle Causam

The Naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

First Do No Harm

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Primum Non Nocere

Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:

  • Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
  • Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
  • Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals' self-healing process.

Doctor as Teacher

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Docere

Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat The Whole Person

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Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue spiritual development

Prevention

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

Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona

Naturopathic Physicians in the state of Arizona are Licensed Primary Care Physicians with the ability to perform physical exams, order and analyze diagnostic tests, treat acute and chronic medical conditions using many different treatment modalities, perform Acupuncture and Minor Surgery procedures as well as Prescribe Medications when medically necessary to improve health outcomes. Please visit the Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board for more information. 


Here are 6 things that make Licensed Naturopathic Doctors Different: (provided by the AANP)

  1. They are graduates of accredited, four-year naturopathic colleges
  2. They are licensed or regulated by states
  3. They must pass rigorous professional board exams
  4. They can order diagnostic tests and, in some states, prescribe prescription drugs and hormones, and perform minor surgery
  5. They must carry malpractice insurance
  6. They must maintain a commitment to lifelong earning through continuing education


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