Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that combines modern medical research with the ancient traditional knowledge of natural medicines from around the world. The grounding philosophy is based on finding the root cause of illness, removing the obstacles to health, and stimulating the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine uses a holistic approach that focuses on treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit - using the most gentle and least invasive approaches possible.
The World Health Organization defines, and provides Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy, which can be found here.
Naturopathic Medical Training
Naturopathic Doctors in Canada are required to complete a minimum of three years of university undergraduate studies, followed by four years of rigorous training and practicum at an accredited North American institution for naturopathic medicine. ND graduates are required to pass the North American standardized licensing exam called NPLEX. Once they become licensed and registered professionals, NDs are required to maintain their competency with ongoing continuing education courses that must be approved by their regulating provincial governing body.
NDs are trained to approach each and every patient as an individual. NDs take the time to do a full history and screening of each patient and work collaboratively with your health team to get to the root of your health concern.
For more information about naturopathic education, visit the website of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges.
Naturopathic Treatment Options
Includes, but is not limited to:
- Botanical Medicine
- Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture and Herbs
- Mental/Emotional & Lifestyle Counselling
- Clinical Nutrition and Dietary Recommendations
- Nutritional Supplementation
- Physical Medicine and bodywork
- Laboratory Testing