Naturopathic medicine is a distinct practice of primary health care; emphasizing prevention, treatment and the promotion of optimal health. At SNC, our physicians approach and heal clients by following the core principles of naturopathic medicine:

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in every person and acts to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery.

Identify and Treat the Causes (ToIle Causam): Naturopathic physicians seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:

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

Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health.

Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.

Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to illness. Naturopathic medicine is committed to the creation of a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.