What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Principles and Philosophies
Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic approach to Healthcare, and offers Primary Care Services guided by these fundamental treatment principles and philosophies:
- Thou shall not do harm
- Thou shall identify and treat the Cause of the disease, instead of suppress its symptoms
- Thou shall heal the Whole person through Individualized treatment in all health dimensions
- Thou shall incorporate interventions that maintain health and Prevent illness
- Thou shall support the Healing Power of Nature and nourish the body`s self-healing process
Naturopathy is a distinct Primary Healthcare System that incorporates traditional medicinal knowledge and current Evidence Based Research. As Naturopaths, we identify Disease as a process, as opposed to an entity, and recognize that symptoms and signs of disease are a way of telling us that our bodies are imbalanced and not functioning optimally. We recognize that every body is different, and requires their own, individualized care to restore balance so that the natural healing process can work effectively. Individualized treatment is based on the patient`s physiological, emotional, psychological, social, spiritual, environmental and lifestyle factors.
Naturopathic Doctors receive a minimum of seven years of specialized study. After completing an Undergraduate degree and fulfilling medical and science pre-requisite courses, they must complete a comprehensive four-year naturopathic medical program at an accredited school. Naturopathic Doctors are regulated in Ontario and must successfully complete provincial examinations before being licensed.
As naturopathic doctors, we do a thorough history and conduct appropriate physical examinations as appropriate standards of practise. Comprehensive laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging will also be considered in order to confirm diagnosis. Previous medical reports and test results from other healthcare providers should be brought to your ND in order to better understand your current situation.
The Vis Medicatrix Naturae (The Healing Power of Nature)
There is a wisdom inherent in nature that guides the bodies process of self healing. This is achieved only through the balance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms of health. When the body is disharmonized, equilibrium and the self-healing process can be restored via natural therapies that respect the laws of nature, strengthen the body’s natural defences, and promote vitality.