About Naturopathic Medicine
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a patient-centred approach to healthcare with over 125 years of use in North America in the prevention and treatment of disease and optimization of overall health. In Ontario, the practice of Naturopathic Medicine is regulated by The College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
The 6 basic tenets of Naturopathic Medicine:
first, do no harm ( primum non nocere )
identify and treat the causes ( tolle causam )
doctor as teacher ( docere )
treat the whole person
support the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae)
How are NDs trained?
Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained professionals specializing in the practice of natural medicine to support and stimulate healing processes. ND is a protected title granted to only those with the education and qualifications to meet the standards set out by The College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
All licensed NDs obtain a total of 7-8 years of post-secondary education with at least 3 years of university-level education and an additional 4 years post-graduate training at an accredited Naturopathic Medical school where they are trained to medically diagnosis using physical exam, conventional laboratory testing, and clinical case-taking. NDs are also trained to use specialized labs tests such as food sensitivity testing, salivary and urinary hormone testing, neurotransmitter metabolite testing, and more.
What do Naturopathic Doctors do?
Naturopathic doctors investigate, diagnose, and treat patients with a patient-centered approach utilizing a variety of natural modalities such as clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, mind-body medicine, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and more. The combination of treatments recommended to each patient is highly individualized and carefully selected based on the entirety of the patient’s health concerns, medical history, and goals. Treatment emphasizes both acute relief of symptoms as well as preventative self-care and long-term positive health outcomes.
Conduct a complete initial Naturopathic assessment, taking the time necessary to collect all relevant information
Thoroughly investigate the underlying cause of the patient’s condition, to understand the ‘why,’ rather than focusing solely on symptomatic treatment
Order conventional blood and lab tests as well as alternative naturopathic testing
Always choose best medicine practices, referring when appropriate for biomedical care or pharmaceutical intervention when in patient’s best interest
Cooperate with other branches of medical science, encouraging integrative care