What is Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct healing science and philosophy that blends traditional natural therapies with current advances in the study of human health. It is a system of primary health care that uses natural methods and substances to support and stimulate the body’s inherent self-healing process.
The goal of naturopathic practice is to treat any underlying disorders and to restore normal body function by enhancing the body’s own healing abilities. The Naturopathic Doctor views symptoms of disease as warning signals of improper functioning of the body and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Knowing this, you can appreciate why treatments are individualized to each person.h4. Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The Naturopathic Physician will practice the art, science and spirit of the profession to the best of his/her ability and judgment following these principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
- Primum Non Nocere (First Do No Harm)
- Vis Medicatrix Naturae (The Healing Power of Nature)
- Tolle Causum (Treat the Cause)
- Docere (Doctor as Teacher)
- Treat the Whole Person
- Health Promotion, the Best Prevention
Naturopathic Physicians complete 4 years of post secondary education, then 4 years of post graduate education at an accredited Naturopathic School. Naturopathic Doctors are also required to complete hours in a clinical setting and mandatory preceptor hours with practicing doctors.
After completing academic and practical training, a licensing exam is written. This exam is universal across North America. The Doctor must then complete provincial exams before being licensed. Naturopathic doctors are also require to attend cointinuing education seminars every year.