WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?

Naturopathic Doctors as Primary Care Practitioners

First and foremost, naturopathy is another form of primary medicine. Our education and training enables us to treat a wide array of patients - including acute (new-onset) and chronic (long-lasting) conditions. We work along side other health care providers to provide a truly holistic approach to medicine.

Evidence based medicine.

The Tools of our Trade

Clinical Nutrition
Diet and nutrition are the cornerstones to health. Nutrition has a role to play in every clinical case.

Botanical Medicine
The use of herbal medicine is both efficacious and historic. 

Supplements
Vitamins, minerals, phyochemicals and herbs can be used therapeutically in treating disease and optimizing health. 

Clinical Nutrition
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BOTANICAL

MEDICINE
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SUPPLEMENTS
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MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE
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CHINESE MEDICINE
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HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
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Medical Acupuncture
Using both eastern and western philosophies, acupuncture can be used to treat various conditions.

Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine employs unique theories and perspectives to get to the root cause of disease.

Health Psychology
Mood, attitude and culture play a huge part of overall health.

Our Scope of Practice

Naturopaths have different scopes of practice depending on the jurisdiction.

In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors fall under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), which governs all regulated health professions in Ontario. While we welcome all patients into our clinics, Naturopaths are governed by a set of rules and cannot perform certain procedures nor can we prescribe certain substances, such as pharmaceuticals. Our medical training emphasizes the importance of recognizing when a patient presents in a manner we are not equipped to treat. If a scenario when we are unable to treat and/or an emergent situation arises, a responsible Naturopath would refer a patient out to an emergency room, medical doctor or other health care practitioner (based on what is most beneficial and appropriate for the patient).

Our Education

Naturopathic doctors obtain their degrees through a 4-year, in-residence, graduate-

Naturopathic medicine schools in north america
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level medical school program at one of the accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America.

These schools are members of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medicine Colleges (AANMC) and have been accredited by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). The 8 accredited schools are shown to the right.

My education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) provided 3000 hours of classroom learning and 1200 hours of clinical experience over the 4 year program.

 Similarly to medical doctors, we  learn the basic medical sciences:

  • pathology

  • physical and laboratory diagnosis

  • physiology

  • anatomy

  • pharmacology

  • immunology

  • psychology​

What differentiates us from other health care practitioners is:

  • botanical medicine

  • naturopathic manipulation

  • traditional Chinese medicine

  • clinical nutrition

  • homeopathy

Naturopathic Medicine Could Help YOU

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proportion of the population relying on allied health practitioners, such as NDs

research articles published on natural medicine in 2016

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of Ontarians seeing an ND report fewer visits to their GP¹

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of chronic diseases in Canada are avoidable through simple lifestyle, dietary and exercise changes - the very essence of naturopathic medicine¹