In an attempt to summarize, Naturopathy is an primary health care profession that aims to compile years of holistic medicine with modern day research to apply natural, non-invasive, and non-toxic treatments in a way that targets the root cause to the ailment(s) of concern, all the while supporting and encouraging the body's own ability to heal.
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Naturopathy is a regulated health profession in Ontario, with registered practitioners receiving over 1200 hours of supervised clinical experience, trained with a patient centred approach.
Naturopathic doctors obtain comprehensive and rigorous training, requiring four years of pre-medical postsecondary education, followed by four years of fulltime study at an approved College of Naturopathic Medicine. In order to qualify for licensing in Ontario, naturopathic doctors must successfully complete two sets of Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX I & II), the standard examination used by all regulated provinces and states across North America.
Naturopathic doctors are also required to earn continuing education credits on an ongoing basis to maintain their registration and good standing with the provincial regulatory body, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario under the Naturopathy Act 2007.
How does Natural Medicine differ from Allopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Doctors (ND) are Primary Health Care providers, much like your general physician, with a specific focus on disease prevention and wellness promotion, treating nearly all acute and chronic health conditions. Where they differ from an Allopathic physician is in their approach. The goal of a ND is to identify the cause of the illness or condition you are suffering from, and work to find a solution that not only addresses your symptoms, but also resolves the underlying condition so that symptoms do not continue to present themselves.
Visits with an Naturopathic Doctor (ND) are typically longer than with your medical doctor, during which time a thorough history of your health is assessed, your concerns are addressed, and your treatment is initiated or monitored. Appointments include physical exams, laboratory and diagnostic testing (as needed), and holistic treatment plans. Also, questions are not limited, and follow-ups are as needed.
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