What are the Principles of Naturopathic Medicine?

For those in Chicago and Wheaton, IL in search of a naturopathic doctor who puts your health and well-being first and foremost, trust the staff at Oaktree Wellness Center. Naturopathic medicine is our passion as we believe in helping patients achieve optimal physical, emotional, and spiritual health in a way that is natural and non-invasive. Unlike traditional or “modern” medicine, our goal is to discover the underlying cause of illness or disease and treat the whole person rather than treating a set of isolated symptoms with medications.

Naturopathic medicine is not limited to specific conditions or diseases; whether you have cardiovascular disease, an autoimmune disease, lupus, cancer, chronic pain, or simply want to be the healthiest possible in an effort to prevent illness, our naturopathic doctors can help. We provide a wide array of services including IV vitamin therapy, chelation therapy, bioidentical hormone therapy, naturopathic nutrition and more to address chronic health conditions and reduce or eliminate disease.

We know that many people don’t understand the concept of the type of services we provide, and hope the information below will enlighten you. From men's health issues to heart disease, chronic pain, and cancer, our practitioners are dedicated to helping you achieve your best possible health so that you can enjoy life to the fullest. We encourage anyone in Wheaton, IL or the Chicago area interested in learning more about naturopathic medicine to contact us today.

The Healing Power of Nature -vis medicatrix naturae

Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent ability in the body which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to recovery and to facilitate and augment this healing ability.

Identify and Treat the Causes -tolle causam
The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or merely suppress symptoms.

First Do No Harm -primum non nocere<

Naturopathic medicine follows three principles to avoid harming the patient:
Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects
Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms.
Acknowledge and respect the individual's healing process.
Using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.

Doctor as Teacher -docere

Naturopathic physicians educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship

Treat the Whole Person -tolle totum

Naturopathic physicians treat each individual by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual path.


Naturopathic physicians emphasize disease prevention, assessment of risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine strives to create a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.


Wellness follows the establishment and maintenance of optimum health and balance. Wellness is a state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotion, thought and action. Wellness is inherent in everyone, no matter what dis-ease(s) is/are being experienced. If wellness is really recognized and experienced by an individual, it will more quickly heal a given dis-ease than direct treatment of the dis-ease alone.