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.
The Tools of our Trade
Diet and nutrition are the cornerstones to health. Nutrition has a role to play in every clinical case.
The use of herbal medicine is both efficacious and historic.
Vitamins, minerals, phyochemicals and herbs can be used therapeutically in treating disease and optimizing health.
Using both eastern and western philosophies, acupuncture can be used to treat various conditions.
Traditional Chinese medicine employs unique theories and perspectives to get to the root cause of disease.
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).
Naturopathic doctors obtain their degrees through a 4-year, in-residence, graduate-
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:
physical and laboratory diagnosis
What differentiates us from other health care practitioners is:
traditional Chinese medicine
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