The foundation of naturopathic medicine is a philosophy of the 'healing power of nature'. This foundation maintains several premises, that:
1. Within every human organism there is a healing energy, which includes our immune system in the fuller sense of both the physical and the psyche, which is responsible for our wellness and our ability to heal and maintain health.
2. The therapies used to support and stimulate this healing power of nature must be in the gentlest, least invasive, most efficient manner possible.
3. To diagnose and treat the cause. Naturopaths do not simply treat the manifestation of the disease but rather search for the cause and treat it. To accomplish these goals, naturopathic medicine incorporates many therapeutic modalities: nutritional medicine, diet, lifestyle, herbal medicine and counselling.