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.
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) The Naturopathic Physician shall endevour to first, do no harm; to provide the most effective health care available with least risk to his/her patients at all times.
- Vis Medicatrix Naturae (The Healing Power of Nature) The Naturopathic Physician shall recognize, represent and promote the self healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being.
- Tolle Causum (Treat the Cause) The Naturopathic Physician shall strive to identify and remove the cause of illness rather than eliminate or suppress the symptoms.
- Docere (Doctor as Teacher) The Naturopathic Physician shall educate his/her patients, inspire rational hope and encourage self responsibility for health.
- Treat the Whole Person The Naturopathic Physician shall treat each person by considering all individual health factors and influences.
- Health Promotion, the Best Prevention The Naturopathic Physician shall emphasize the condition of health to promote wellness.
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.