Thomas Edison wrote, The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
The successful doctor of the future will have to fall in line with the procession and do more teaching than prescribing. Henry Lindlahr, ND (1862-1924)
Treat the Cause is one of the six principles of naturopathic medicine.
Docere, or “doctor”, comes from the latin word “to teach” and a role of naturopath is to educate on the factors that affect health so that individuals are more informed about the impact of their choices and so that they are more capable of maintaining their own health. It is through our choices about nutrition, exercise, spiritual well-being, posture, hygiene, rest, and sleep and our peace of mind, social,occupational and environmental situations that influence health.
The belief of Naturopaths is :"the natural state of the body is that of equilibrium (homeostasis). The equilibrium can be disturbed by alifestyle that is unhealthy which causes stress to the body and mind."
Naturopaths evaluate the causes of underlying problems, rather than treating symptoms. They utilize diet, stress control, and noninvasive therapies that stimulate the healing process.