The healing power of nature is the inherent self-organizing and healing process of living systems which establishes, maintains and restores health. Naturopathic medicine recognizes this healing process to be ordered and intelligent. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to support, facilitate and augment this healing process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and removing obstacles to health and recovery, and by supporting the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.
In the western medical system, the doctor’s knowledge and wisdom are intended to supersede the disease process. The naturopathic physician does not do battle with a disease entity. Instead, we rely upon the healing wisdom, vital energies and intelligence of the organism to restore normal and healthy function. The task of the doctor becomes simply to identify and remove causes, to nourish and support normal structure and function, and to stimulate the healing power of nature. Health will occur where the conditions for health exist even as disease is the product of conditions allowing it to occur. As necessary, we stimulate the process of restoration through a hierarchy of therapeutic interventions rationally applied. It is the nature of the body to heal; the physician, at best, can assist this process.