The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed it essential to observe the whole person when searching for a cause of disease, and in using the laws of nature to cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy today takes its principles:
- First, do no harm
- Healing power of nature
- Treat the cause
- Treat the whole person
- Therapist as educator
- Disease prevention and health promotion
Naturopathy is underpinned by a fundamental principle – vis medicatrix naturae – the healing power of nature.