Naturopathic Medicine is a system of primary healthcare that integrates a strong foundation in conventional medicine with a distinct treatment approach that uses effective natural compounds and therapies. It addresses the root causes of symptoms and diseases, in order to remove factors compromising health and initiate positive lifestyle changes to provide lasting improvements in health.
Naturopathic Doctors recognize that each patient is unique, and take time to provide attentive and individualized treatment to resolve symptoms and restore health. Patients are encouraged to take a proactive approach to their health in order to reduce disease risks and optimize overall health and wellbeing.
Several principles guide Naturopathic Doctors when assessing and treating patients:
- Address the root causes of disease
- Treat the whole person by addressing physical, mental-emotional, and environmental influences on health
- Use natural therapies that minimize the risk of harm
- Support the body’s natural healing abilities
- Educate and empower patients to be proactive about their health, and encourage healthy lifestyle changes
- Education and Training
Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained primary health care providers with a strong education in medical sciences and conventional medical diagnostics. In addition to this medical background, they are highly educated in the science and practical application of natural compounds and therapies that benefit specific health conditions.
Naturopathic Doctors are required to have completed an undergraduate degree with courses in science, followed by a four-year, full-time graduate program in Naturopathic Medicine at an accredited Naturopathic college. They are also required to pass two sets of intensive, standardized licensing examinations prior to practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor.