What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a healthcare system that focuses on treating the body as a whole. It supports the self-healing capacity latent in every human body and aims at treating the root cause of disease. Through the use of natural and gentle therapies Naturopathic Medicine integrates the traditional philosophies of health and disease with current scientific research and modern diagnostic tools.
Who are Naturopathic Doctors?
Naturopathic Doctors are regulated through the College of Naturopathics of Ontario. Training includes a minimum three year undergraduate study in medical pre-sciences, followed by successful completion of a four year Naturopathic Program at an accredited Naturopathic College. Candidates are required to pass two International Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exams and relevant provincial licensing exams corresponding to regulated provinces. Naturopathic Doctors are required to stay updated on most recent advances in healthcare and research through continuing educational requirements.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
- First, to do no harm
- To co-operate with the healing power of nature
- To address the fundamental causes of disease
- To heal the whole person through individualized treatment
- To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine