Philosophy of Natural Medicine

Principle 1: Remember the Healing Power of Nature. The body has considerable power to heal itself. It is the rule of the physician or healer to facilitate and enhance this process, preferably with the aid of natural, nontoxic therapies. Above all, the physician or healer must do no harm.

Principle 2: View the Whole Person. An individual must be viewed as a whole composed of a complex interaction of mind, body, and spirit.

Principle 3: Identify and Treat the Cause. It is important to seek the underlying cause of a disease rather than simply suppress the symptoms. Symptoms are expressions of the body's attempt to heal, but causes can spring from physical, mental or emotional, and spiritual levels.

Principle 4: The Physician Is a Teacher. A physician should be foremost a teacher, educating, empowering, and motivating the patient to assume more personal responsibility for his or her healthy by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle, and diet.

Principle 5: Prevent Is the Best Cure. Prevention of disease is best accomplished through dietary and life habits that support and prevent disease.

Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements, Dr Michael T. Murray, ND

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