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This guide lists core books and journals that naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) and other health practioners interested in natural medicine will find clinically useful. It does not include standard biomedical or nutritional resources, although virtually all N.D.s rely on such works in clinical practice. Entries are categorized, and then arranged alphabetically by title. Several books in this guide were self published and/or are out of print, but most are widely available. The Bastyr University Library has at least one copy or a subscription for all items.

As a complete system of care, naturopathic medicine is best identified by the philosophical principles that guide practitioners, rather than by specific therapies they may use. The six core principles of naturopathic medicine are:

  1. the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae)
  2. first do no harm (primum non nocere)
  3. identify and treat the cause(s) (tolle causam)
  4. doctor as teacher (docere)
  5. treat the whole person (tolle totum)
  6. prevention (preventare)

Wellness and health promotion is an emerging principle.*

Naturopathic medicine has a long and venerable history, stretching from the origins of "nature cure" in 19th century Europe to the science-based flowering of today. The tenets of healthy living--whole foods, sunlight, exercise, joie de vivre--haven't changed much over the years, and some foundational historical works have also been included.

*Pizzorno JE, Snider P, and Katzinger J. Naturopathic Medicine. In Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier, 2011.

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