Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic and comprehensive approach to preventing, assessing and treating conditions by integrating evidence-based scientific knowledge with natural therapeutics. Naturopathic Doctors focus on addressing the cause of the illness, and by using natural treatments, aim to support and stimulate the body’s own natural ability to heal. Naturopathic treatments are highly individualized, taking into account the physical, mental and emotional aspects of each person.
What are the qualifications of a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?
Naturopathic doctors must have a university degree in pre-medical studies, followed by 4 years of post-graduate studies at one of 5 naturopathic colleges in North America. Studies include the medical sciences, diagnosis and naturopathic therapeutics, including an intensive 12 month clinical internship. After graduation, NDs must pass international licensing examinations before registration is granted to practice as a naturopathic doctor. Naturopathic medicine has been regulated in Ontario since 1925.
What to expect when you visit a Naturopathic Doctor:
The goal of a naturopathic doctor is to understand the patient and all the factors which impact on his/her health. Your first consultation will last 60-90 minutes and involves a thorough investigation of your concerns as well as an intake of your medical history. Additional information may be acquired from a physical examination, in office laboratory tests, hair mineral analysis or electro-dermal testing. An individual treatment plan is then proposed and discussed.
The number of treatments varies depending on the presenting concerns. The goal is to assist you to achieve a desired level of well-being and to educate you in health maintenance and disease prevention.