The term "naturopathic medicine" refers to a distinct system of primary healthcare that uses natural methods and substances to support and stimulate the body's inherent self-healing process.
Naturopathic medicine is founded on the most time-tested principle - Vis Medicatrix Naturae - The Healing Power of Nature. The naturopathic doctor views the individual as an integral whole where symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body and unfavorable lifestyle habits. The primary goal is to treat the underlying cause of the disease.
Naturopathic doctors can also complement and enhance health care services provided by other health care professionals. They provide patients with a truly integrative form of health care.