About Naturopathy

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is primary health care system that embraces the old philosophies of medicine and the new diagnostic tools to provide a broad non-invasive framework for diagnosis, assessment and treatment.

The body is a complex integrated system that responds and reacts to everything, like physical trauma, food, environment, thoughts and emotions. A Naturopathic Doctor understands the value of taking the time to listen to and understand the complexity of each individual and to provide the needed support and various treatment options to reach personal goals.

What are the Philosophies of Naturopathic Medicine?

  • First, do no harm.
  • Support the natural healing process of the body.
  • Identify and address the root cause of disease.
  • Treat the whole person.
  • Focus on prevention.
  • Teach the fundamentals of health and self care.

What kind of training do Naturopathic Doctors have?

Naturopaths have a minimum of 3 years premedical studies at university level, followed by a four year full time study at an accredited naturopathic school. The four year program encompasses basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapies and 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience. After graduation Naturopaths need to pass two sets of licensing board exams that are required in all regulated provinces before they can practice.

What to expect during your Naturopathic visit?

Naturopathic Visits range from one to one and a half hours in length for the initial visit, to about 30 minutes for follow ups. This allows time to establish a detailed understanding of the patient’s history, contributing factors, current health status, and treatment progress. The visits may include physical exams, laboratory and diagnostic testing as needed.

Naturopathic visits are covered by most extended health care insurance plans.