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The Doctor's Oath

Chiropractic Oath

In accordance with the chiropractic principles of the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic, and in consequence of my dedication to restoration of the sick to health, I promise and swear to keep to the best of my ability and judgment the following oath:

  • I will adhere to the code of ethics espoused by the chiropractic profession.
  • I will observe and practice professional conduct in relations with my patients, my colleagues, myself, and my profession. I will seek to preserve the integrity of my profession and help it to grow in service to the benefit of all humanity.
  • I will serve my patients to the best of my ability, violating neither their confidence nor their dignity, and in my association with these patients, I shall not violate that which is moral and right. I will provide a regimen for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment.
  • I will regard, and refer to, my fellow doctors with honor and dignity, giving credit for their dedication and commitment to the profession.
  • I will continue to improve my knowledge and skill, and be sincere in my resolution to justify the responsibility which this degree symbolizes and imposes.

Naturopathic Oath

I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of Naturopathic Medicine.

By precept, education and example, I will assist and encourage others to strengthen their health, reduce risks for disease, and preserve the health of our planet for ourselves and future generations.

I will continually endeavor to improve my abilities. I will conduct my life and practice of Naturopathic Medicine with integrity and freedom from prejudice. I will keep confident what should not be divulged.

I will honor the principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
• First, to do no harm;
• To cooperate with the healing powers of nature;
• To address the fundamental causes of disease;
• To heal the whole person through individualized treatment;
• To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.

With my whole heart, before these witnesses, as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, I pledge to remain true to this oath.

Homeopathic Oath

  1. I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity. Even under threat, I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.
  2. I will maintain the utmost respect for human life.
  3. I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, political beliefs or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient.
  4. I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity in accordance with the principles of Homeopathy and/or in accordance with the principles of biochemical system of medicine (tissue remedies).
  5. The health of my patient shall be my first consideration.
  6. I will respect the secrets which are confided to me.
  7. I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due.
  8. I will maintain by all means in my power the honor and noble traditions of the medical profession.
  9. My colleagues will be my brothers and sisters.
  10. I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor.

Classical Chinese Medicine Oath

I promise to follow the way of the great physician. I will serve to live in harmony with nature, and teach patients to do the same.

I will stay calm and completely committed when treating disease. I will not give way to personal wishes and desires, but above all else hold and nurture a deep feeling of compassion. I will be devoted to the task of saving the sacred spark of life in every creature that still carries it.

I will strive to maintain a clear mind and be willing to hold myself to the highest standards. It will be my duty to diagnose suffering and treat disease. I will not be boastful about my skills and not driven by greed for material things.

Above all, I will keep an open heart. As I move on the right path I will receive great happiness as a reward without asking for anything in return.

- Adapted from "The Great Physician" by Sun Simiao (581-682)

Samuel Hahnemann

Hahnemannian Oath

On my honor, I swear that I shall practice the teachings of Homeopathy, perform my duty, render justice to my patients and help the sick whosoever comes to me for treatment. May the teachings of master Hahnemann inspire me and may I have the strength for fulfillment of my mission.