Naturopathic Physician's Oath
I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of Naturopathic Medicine. By precept, education and example,
I will assist and encourage others to strengthen their health,
reduce risks for disease,
and preserve the health of our planet for ourselves
and future generations. I will continually endeavour to improve my abilities.
I will conduct my life and practice of Naturopathic Medicine
with integrity and freedom from prejudice.
I will keep confident what should not be divulged. I will honour the principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
First, to do no harm
To cooperate with the healing powers of nature
To address the fundamental causes of disease
To heal the whole person through individualized treatment
To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine with my whole heart, before these witnesses,
as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine,
I pledge to remain true to this oath.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere) Naturopathic medicine aims to minimize the risk of harmful side effects, avoid the suppression of symptoms and respect the individual’s healing process in diagnosis and treatment.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae) Naturopathic medicine works to remove obstacles to recovery, restore and support the powerful and inherent healing ability of your body, mind and spirit and prevent further disease from occurring.
Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam) The primary goal is to determine and treat the root cause of illness instead of focusing on symptoms. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body's natural attempt to heal and the underlying cause may be due to diet, lifestyle habits, stress or environment.
Treat the Whole Person Each person is unique and requires individualized care. In treating the cause of any condition, naturopathic medicine focuses not only your physical symptoms, but also mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spiritual and other factors. Disease effects the entire person, not just a specific organ or system.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere) and Disease Prevention Naturopathic medicine is all about prevention. When you understand your illness and factors that affect your health, this helps to retain balance and you become more capable of maintaining your own health. Naturopathic doctors provide you with the tools to reach the goal of optimal wellness or an improved quality of life, which is inherent in every body.
Reference: The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)