Medically trained, Naturally focused
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and holistic forms of medicine. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) use natural, non-invasive, non-toxic treatments and dietary & lifestyle recommendations to stimulate the healing power of the body, treat the underlying root cause of disease, educate about prevention and optimize wellness. Treating both acute and chronic conditions, NDs choose treatment plans based on the individual patient. Naturopathic modalities include: Nutrition & lifestyle counselling, Nutraceutical supplementation, Botanical medicine, Homeopathic medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
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Naturopathic doctors undergo comprehensive and rigorous training. After four years of pre-medical postsecondary education, prospective NDs must complete four years of full-time study at an approved College of Naturopathic Medicine. In Ontario, naturopathic doctors are required to write and pass extensive examinations in order to be registered to practice and are regulated by The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). ND are also required to earn continuing education credits on an ongoing basis to maintain their registration and remain in good standing with CONO.
Naturopathic doctors encourage open communication with all other healthcare professionals, including your M.D.; We know that there are situations that are appropriate to use naturopathic medicine, and others when conventional medical approaches are required, and are trained to refer when necessary.
6 Fundamental Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
- First, to do no harm, by using methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
- To treat the causes of disease, by identifying and removing the underlying causes of illness, rather than suppressing symptoms.
- To heal the whole person through individualized treatment, by understanding the unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to illness, and customizing treatment protocols to the patient.
- To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, by sharing knowledge with patients and encouraging individual responsibility for health.
- To emphasize prevention, by partnering with the patient to assess risk factors and recommend appropriate naturopathic interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.
- To support the healing power of the body, by recognizing and removing obstacles to the body’s inherent self-healing process.