Naturopathic Medicine is a regulated profession of health care that addresses the root causes of illness, and promotes health and healing using natural, non-invasive therapies. It supports your body’s own healing ability using an integrated approach to disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention that includes the following modalities:
- Clinical nutrition
- Botanical medicine
- Lifestyle & behavioural medicine
- Physical medicine (massage, hydrotherapy, sauna)
- Homeopathic medicine
- Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture
Much like in conventional medicine, naturopathic doctors take detailed case histories, perform thorough physical examinations, and utilize imaging and laboratory studies whenever possible to diagnose and assess patients. Naturopathic doctors then seek to address health issues by finding the root cause and treating using only natural therapies and the ‘whole person’ model – body, lifestyle, and mind.
- Relies on the body’s innate homeostasis – the natural ability of the body to balance itself.
- Utilizes natural agents to stimulate and provoke this homeostasis.
- Appreciates the rejuvenating influence of nature on health.
- Acknowledges the negative impacts on health of exposure to toxic substances.
- Uses proper nutrition and key nutrient supplementation to maintain and preserve good health.
- Believes in the healing of sincere human interactions.
- Believes in the natural intelligence of the body.
In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors have at least eight years of post-secondary education, graduate from one of the six accredited educational institutions in North America, receive their professional licensing from the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, as well as complete and pass two sets of international licensing exams.
Naturopathic medicine is covered by most extended health care plans.
You may find out more about naturopathic medicine in canada by visiting the CAND website.
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