Naturopathic Medicine

The term "Naturopathic Medicine" refers to a distinct system of primary healthcare that uses natural methods and substances to support and stimulate the body's own self-healing process.

The naturopathic doctor views the individual as an integral whole where symptoms of disease are seen as a warning sign of improper function. The primary goal is to treat the underlying causes of the disease.

Naturopathic doctors are primary care practitioners, practicing family medicine. The whole person is treated with whatever conditions are presented. This is what sets the naturopathic profession apart from other health practitioners.

Naturopathic doctors registered in licensed provinces and states must complete four years of post-graduate training at a recognized college of Naturopathic Medicine to earn the title of ND, or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. One must first complete three to four years of premedical sciences at a university. Training not only includes the same basic sciences a medical doctor receives but also a focus on botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture and other physical modalities such as the Bowen Technique.

Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by six principles:

1. The healing power of nature
2. To identify and treat the causes, rather than eliminate or suppress them
3. First do no harm
4. Doctor as teacher
5. Treating the whole person
6. Prevention