Principles of Nat Med & Therapeutic Order

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Vis Med­ica­trix Nat­u­rae– The Heal­ing Power of Nature:
The innate wisdom of your body guides your treatment.

Pri­mum Non Nocere– First, Do No Harm:
Gentle, safe, & effective treatments.

Tolle Causam– Iden­tify and Treat the Cause:
Getting to the bottom of it.

Tolle Totum– Treat the Whole Per­son:
Addressing all levels of health

Docere– Doc­tor as Teacher:
Placing your health in your hands thru informed decisions.

Pre­ven­tion and Health Promotion-
Thriving on life

The Therapeutic Order

1. Establish conditions for health
• Identify and remove disturbing factors
• Institute a more healthful regimen

2. Stimulate the healing power of nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae):
The self-healing processes

3. Address weakened or damaged systems or organs
• Strengthen the immune system
• Decrease toxicity
• Normalize inflammatory function
• Optimize metabolic function
• Balance regulatory systems
• Enhance regeneration
• Harmonize with your life force

4. Correct structural integrity

5. Address pathology:
Use specific natural substances, modalities, or interventions

6. Address pathology:
Use specific pharmacologic or synthetic substances

7. Suppress or surgically remove pathology

Therapeutic Order authored by Zeff J, Snyder P.
Course syllabus: NM51 71, Naturopathic clinical theory.
Seattle: Bastyr University, 1997-2005.

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