Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.
The primary goal of naturopathic medicine is to address the cause of a patient’s illness, rather than treating or suppressing symptoms.
Naturopathic doctors are highly trained, provincially regulated health care providers that devote the time necessary to understand each individual patient.
The development of a treatment plan takes into consideration physical, mental, social, emotional, spiritual, environmental and lifestyle factors. Prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of most acute and chronic diseases can be provided by an ND.
Naturopathic doctors provide care that complements treatments received from other health care professions, and are trained to refer and consult as necessary. They are able to employ a wide range of therapies to create a preventive, restorative, and individualized approach to health care.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) approach health according to a set of defining principles that aim to support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal. The focus is on prevention and the use of natural substances and treatments.
Naturopathic Medicine Protocol
Typically, a unique plan is created after the first two visits.
Frequency of visits after that range from weekly to semi-annually depending on the concern.
An initial consultation generally lasts 1.5 hours.
Follow up appointments generally last one hour.
Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine
To practice in Ontario, NDs must complete a comprehensive and rigorous education program. This program includes three years of pre-medical studies at a recognized university followed by a four-year program of full-time training at an accredited college of naturopathic medicine. After graduation, NDs must pass intensive regulatory board exams that are standardized across North America, before qualifying for registration with the provincial regulator.
Benefits of Naturopathic Medicine
- Maximize energy
- Promote optimal weight and diet
- Promote optimal organ function
- Rebound quickly from illness