Naturopathic Medicine is Ontario’s only regulated health professionals in the field of natural medicine. Naturopathic Doctors (ND) obtain rigorous training of 3 years pre-med undergraduate education, plus 4 years of full-time study at an approved College of Naturopathic Medicine. The program includes medical & clinical sciences, naturopathic therapies and 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience. An ND must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations in order to qualify for a license to practice in all regulated provinces and states across North America.
Naturopathy blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine to support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. The focus is on prevention and the goal is to address the underlying cause of illness rather than merely treat or suppress symptoms. The Naturopathic philosophy views the patient as a whole person where physical, mental, emotional and spiritual factors are all taken into consideration before a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan is developed.
The safety record for naturopathic medicine is excellent, which is understandable given the emphasis on non-toxic, natural source medicines and gentle, non-invasive treatments. NDs are knowledgeable about contraindications between naturopathic remedies and conventional medicines. Naturopathic Doctors can complement the care and services provided by other health care professionals to provide a strong, integrative form of health care.
Naturopathic Services Offered:
Acupuncture: The ancient Orient has long recognized the relationship between mind, body and environment in the development of disease. Acupuncture is a 3000 year-old art where needles are inserted at specific points in the body to enhance healing, alleviate pain and improve the sense of well-being by balancing the flow of Qi (energy).
Botanical Medicine: The use of plants dates back to the beginnings of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. Active ingredients found in the plant kingdom from the Far East and the West is still used for their remarkable healing abilities.
Clinical Nutrition and Supplementation: The relationship between nutrition and disease states has been scientifically well-documented. A patient’s nutritional status is assessed and special diets may be recommended. Treatment may also include nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutraceuticals.
Homeopathy: Developed in the 1700’s with tiny dilutions of either a plant, mineral or animal substance. A patient’s total symptom picture is matched to a remedy based on the principle of “like cures like” in order to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities.
Prevention and Lifestyle Counseling: Prevention is fundamental to maintaining good health and involves stress management, modifications of poor diet, environmental and/or lifestyle factors before it manifests in disease.