The origin of â€œeducationâ€ was celebrated in the Latin phrase docendo discimus: â€œby teaching we learn.â€
In teaching clients how to live a healthy, holistic lifestyle, naturopaths follow these principles:
Do no harm.
Primum non nocere is part of the Hippocratic oath. Naturopaths do not use harmful, artificial substances such as drugs and pharmaceuticals; nor do they use invasive and dangerous procedures, such as surgery.
Recognize the healing power of nature.
Naturopaths understand the body’s innate capacity for self-healing. They educate clients in creating external and internal environments conducive to healing.
Find and eliminate the cause of poor health.
Naturopaths help clients evaluate lifestyle choices to identify both the cause of a problem and how to correct it.
Naturopaths teach clients how to achieve and maintain good health. They empower clients, enabling them to participate in the process of staying well.
Honor the total person.
A person is never simply a headache, or a backache, or a sore throat. Except in the case of acute injury, seldom does any problem occur in isolation. Naturopaths understand that people are interconnected physical, mental, and spiritual beings, and that one â€œdis-easeâ€ affects all areas of life.
In teaching clients how to create homeostatic balance, naturopaths help others achieve future health as well.
Naturopaths Do NOT
The origin of â€œdoctorâ€ was in the Latin, docere: â€œto teach.â€
In teaching clients how to live a healthy, holistic lifestyle, naturopaths avoid certain allopathic practices:
Naturopaths perform evaluations and analyses to determine the root cause of problems, but they do not diagnose disease.
Naturopaths focus on health and education, not on treating any specific disease. Naturopaths empower clients to create internal and external environments that are conducive to good health.
Prescribe drugs and pharmaceuticals.
Many naturopaths teach clients about herbs, homeopathic remedies, and the healing properties in foods and nutritional supplements. They do not prescribe drugs.
Perform invasive procedures.
Depending on the type and extent of their training, naturopaths may use hands-on modalities such as reflexology or acupressure. There are naturopaths who are also chiropractors or massage therapists, who may blend naturopathic modalities with those common to their other discipline. For example, this would include performing spinal adjustments if the naturopath is also a chiropractor. Naturopaths do not perform invasive procedures such as surgery of any kind. They do not give injections or draw blood.