First Do No Harm:
The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are expressions of the life force attempting to heal. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with this process.
Identify and Treat the Cause:
Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and treated before a person can recover completely from illness.
The Healing Power of Nature:
The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The doctor's role is to facilitate this process, to remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to support the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.
Treat the Whole Person:
Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors.
The Doctor As Teacher:
The doctor's major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for his or her own health. The doctor is a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not the doctor, who ultimately creates or accomplishes healing.
The doctor assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions to avoid further harm and risk to the patient. The emphasis is on building health rather than on fighting disease.