Naturopathy and Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct system of primary care that addresses the root cause of illness and/or disease and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. Treatment modalities can include clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, Asian or Traditional Chinese Medicine methods, and lifestyle counselling.
Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.s) are the experts in natural medicine and Naturopathic treatments. They are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. They have a minimum of 7 years in postsecondary education before completing 4 years of medical training, including a 12-month clinical internship. Licensed NDs must pass standardized board examinations.
Naturopathic Medicine (Canada) is regulated in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and has title protection in Nova Scotia. All other provinces and territories are currently pursuing regulation.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
- First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Your Naturopathic Doctor chooses remedies and therapies that are safe and effective to increase your health and decrease harmful side effects.
- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Your Naturopathic Doctor works to restore and support the powerful and inherent healing abilities of your body, mind and spirit and to prevent further disease from occurring.
- Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
The primary goal of your Naturopathic Doctor is to determine and treat the underlying cause of disease.
- Treat the Whole Person
In treating the cause of any condition your Naturopathic Doctor takes into account not only your physical symptoms, but also mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spiritual and other factors.
- Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Your Naturopathic Doctor will assist you in understanding health and illness and in becoming more capable of maintaining your own health.
- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Your Naturopathic Doctor applies all of the above principles in a proactive form of disease prevention and health promotion.
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