The philosophy behind naturopathy lies in the 6 principles of naturopathic medicine and 7 tenants of the therapeutic order. This guides the practitioner in developing treatment plans that support the entire person.

6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Adapted from the CAND Naturopathic Principles


First, Do No Harm 

The Healing Power of Nature

Identify and Treat the Cause 

Treat the Whole Person 

Doctor as Teacher 

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 


 do no harm

Choose remedies and therapies that are safe and effective to increase your health and decrease harmful side effects


the healing power of nature

Work to restore and support the powerful and inherent healing abilities of your body, mind and spirit to prevent further disease form occuring


identify and treat the cause

Look for the root cause of dis-ease and treat the underlying cause 



treat the whole person

This encompasses physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social,spiritual and other factors contributing to health


doctor as teacher

Act as Both a doctor and teacher to assist you in understanding health and illness and teach you to become more capable of maintaining your own health 


disease prevention and health promotion 

The above principles are applied proactively to promote health and prevent dis-ease

7 Tenants of the Therapeutic Order

The therapeutic order is a set of guidelines in which naturopathic physicians use when assessing every patient's healthcare needs.  This order was first identified by Dr. Jared Zeff, ND and Dr. Pamela Snider, ND, as seen in the text: "A Hierarchy of Healing: The Therapeutic Order".  Although every individual has unique needs, the order serves as a guideline to provide the most effective care while doing the least harm.