Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care -an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis,
treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles upon which its practice is
based. These principles are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances. The techniques of naturopathic
medicine include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods. The following principles are the foundation
of naturopathic medical practice:
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Identify and Treat the Causes (ToIle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
- Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
- Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms;
- Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual’s self-healing process.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health.
They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental,
emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health,
naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease -assessing risk factors, heredity and
susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine is committed to the creation of a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.
Naturopathic medicine is defined by its principles. Methods and modalities are selected and applied based upon these
principles in relationship to the individual needs of each patient.
Diagnostic and therapeutic methods are selected from various sources and systems, and will continue to evolve with the
progress of knowledge.
Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: nutritional medicine, botanical
medicine, naturopathic physical medicine including naturopathic manipulative therapy, public health measures and
hygiene, counseling, homeopathy, acupuncture, prescription medication, intravenous and injection
therapy, naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth), and appropriate methods of laboratory and clinical diagnosis.
~ Adopted at the 1989 Annual Convention, Reviewed by AANP HOD, 2000, Reviewed by AANP PPRC 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Naturopathic modalities offered by our Naturopath, Dr. Mohd Rashidnz includes:
Cranial Sacral Therapy
The Dorn Method
Traditional Malay medicine