Vis Medicatrix Naturae: Healing Power of Nature

Naturopathic Principles

Naturopathic physicians practice the six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine:

Vis Medicatrix Naturae – The Healing Power of Nature
Tolle Causum – Identify and Treat the Causes
Nocere – First Do No Harm
Docere – Doctor as Teacher
Tolle Totum – Treat the Whole Person
Preventare – Prevention

Natural medicine from across the world may only agree on one thing: “Just as beauty is inherent in a flower, light is inherent in the Sun, healing is inherent in a living person.” The Principles of Practice of Naturopathic medicine open with this acknowledgement.

“Vis Medicatrix Naturae” states the importance of “healing power of nature” we possess as an inherent part of our being.

Human beings are a part and product of Nature. Scientists from our ancient past saw this without the need for telescopes and microscopes. Instead, with power for observation they understood the patterns and rhythms of Nature and their effect on our body. Based on these observations, they developed natural sciences of medicine that focused on disease prevention and healing through natural means of the body, mind, and spirit.

From a modern scientific perspective, we can say that we have evolved with nature over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. We didn’t evolve in hospitals or with using pharmaceuticals. We evolved to survive through the grace and abundance of natural resources that made up our living environment. These natural recourses are the myriads of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, grain, animal products, herbs, and spices; also, the Sun, air, and water.

With the aid of modern science, we are capable of understanding physiological imbalances that lead to disease and pain. Our body is readily able to use the medicinal compounds from foods and herbs as signal and building blocks to restore health and balance to physiology. Thus, food as medicine stimulates the healing power of Nature inherent in us.

Just as a culture serves are container for society, cathedrals or temples are a container for prayers and religious activity; adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle creates a container for a well-lived life.


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