Naturopathy

Naturopathy

Naturopathic Medicine (Naturopathy) is a non-invasive and holistic method for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease with a focus on the promotion of wellness via patient education and partnership. Naturopathic Doctors are trained primary health care practitioners who combine a modern evidence-based approach along with varied traditional and natural therapies including:

- Botanical Medicine (herbs)
- Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Homeopathic Medicine
- Clinical Nutrition
- Lifestyle Counseling & Stress Management
- Physical Medicine (hydrotherapy, spinal manipulation & massage)

As Naturopathic Doctors, we seek to restore and maintain optimum health in our patients by supporting nature’s innate self-healing process - the "vis medicatrix naturae". We view the individual as an integral whole via physiological, biochemical, psychological, physical, social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, and behavioural factors that affect health. We treat each being as unique and complex, where no two individuals are alike. Naturopathic Doctors take time to listen to each patient, and provide an individualized treatment plan in order to reach personal health goals.

Naturopathic Doctors complement and enhance treatments provided by other health care professionals. We cooperate with other health care providers, and refer patients for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate. Naturopathic Medicine provides individuals with a truly integrative form of health care.

Naturopathic Principles

- First, to do no harm
- Support the healing power of nature
- Address the fundamental causes of disease
- Physician as teacher
- Heal the whole person
- Emphasize prevention

Naturopathic Training & Regulation

In North America, licensed Naturopathic Doctors obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational context similar to that of conventional medical doctors. Naturopathic Doctors must have a mininum of 7 years post-secondary academic education.