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See Also Naturopathic Theories and Practice

Each person is unique, with different builds, body compositions, and attitudes. Naturopathic medicine recognizes that it is the uniqueness of each person and the interaction of all aspects of an individual (psychological, functional, structural, and spiritual), the relationship between individuals with others and with their environment that holds the key to achieving and maintaining health.[1]

A person's constitution is their baseline. It represents their natural tendencies, their primary makeup, their appearance, and their disposition. It represents their inherent strengths and their weaknesses. It is determined at conception, but is influenced throughout life due to learned behaviour and experiences. It is affected by a person's lifestyle and environment. A person's constitution indicates their healing potential, their resistance to disease and their susceptibilities.[2]


  1. Lloyd Iva (2009) The History of Naturopathic Medicine, a Canadian perspective McArthur & Company, Toronto.
  2. Lloyd Iva (2009) The Energetics of Health, a Naturopathic Assessment Elsevier.