1. First, do no harm. A practitioner trained in the philosophy of traditional naturopathy will never do invasive procedures, surgeries, or utilize remedies that contain side effects.
2. Treat the cause. Rather than treat the signs and symptoms of illness, the naturopath seeks to uncover the actually cause of the illness.
3. Strengthen the innate ability of the body. To combat germs and other foreign substances the naturopath introduces remedies that will initiate the body’s own immune system to fight the microorganism.
4. Focus on holism: Treat the entire person and not just the illness.
5. Collaborative process: The relationship between the naturopath and the client is one of trust and respect. The naturopath listens, and provides the client with the necessary tools to make informed health care decisions.
Naturopaths believe in the remedies found in nature:
- Eating fresh whole foods that are not processed or refined.
- Exposure to fresh air and sunlight.
- Drinking plenty of pure water.
- Rest so the body can perform important self-maintenance and repair functions.
- Exercise to strengthen the body and organs.