Naturopathic doctors are licensed and Board-certified health professionals with eight years of post-secondary education. This includes a Bachelor's degree from University followed by medical training at an accredited school of naturopathic medicine.
As primary care providers, naturopathic doctors are trained to be your family doctor providing you with complete or complementary health care in working with your existing health care provider.
Naturopathic doctors are trained to address and treat the root cause of disease rather than suppressing symptoms. Naturopathic Medicine is a system of primary care that blends modern science with traditional and natural medicine.
The primary focus is disease prevention and health promotion. Patients are provided with comprehensive consultations and diagnostic laboratory testing. Specific therapies are chosen for each patient which may include various natural medicines, acupuncture and Bowen.
Naturopathic doctors consider all aspects of the patient including the physical, mental and emotional. This approach allows an in-depth individualised treatment plan that supports and stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself and achieve and maintain optimal health.
Naturopathic Doctors often deal with non-emergency acute situations such as colds and flu, severe stress and muscle spasms. Referrals to local hospitals are made when necessary and appropriate.
Naturopathic services are covered by extended health plans such as Sunlife, Great West and Manulife.
There are 6 Guiding Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
1. First, do no harm
2. The healing power of nature
3. Identify and treat the cause
4. Heal the whole person
5. Doctor as teacher
6. Emphasis on prevention