In an attempt to summarize, Naturopathy is a 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.
The Naturopathic Principles:
Remember, Naturopathic Medicine is complimentary, NOT alternative. I always advise seeing your General Physician alongside your Naturopath to ensure you are receiving the best care possible.
How does Natural Medicine differ from Allopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Doctors (ND) are Primary Health Care providers, with a specific focus on disease prevention and wellness promotion, treating most acute and chronic health conditions. They differ from the primary health care model in Ontario by looking at all aspects of health as one, spending more time with patients, and by providing natural treatments. The goal of a ND is to identify the cause of the illness or condition(s), and work to find a non-invasive and sustainable solution that 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 and your treatment is initiated or monitored. Appointments include physical exams, laboratory and diagnostic testing (as needed), and treatment plans such as diet and lifestyle counselling, nutraceuticals, botanical medicine, acupuncture, counselling, etc. Naturopath's do not practice a one-complaint, one-visit model.