What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic doctors practice a unique and comprehensive approach to preventing disease, improving health and treating illness. They are highly trained and integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural and conventional therapies to promote better health and support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself.

Address the Cause Not the Symptom

HumanBodyA core principle of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of illnesses, rather than simply treating or suppressing symptoms. In other words, NDs concern themselves with the “why” as well as with the “what” of an illness or disease. Because of the patient-centred approach to care and the need to understand the underlying cause of health problems, visits with an ND are typically much longer than those with a medical doctor. NDs investigate possible underlying dysfunctions and often identify functional disturbances before clinical labs can detect a problem.

NDs emphasize prevention and health promotion through lifestyle and nutritional counselling. Prevention is the best and, from a long-term perspective, the most affordable type of health care. For patients who have already developed health issues, naturopathic medicine is highly effective, through the integrated use of clinical nutrition, botanical or herbal medicines, Asian medicine and acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, physical therapies and lifestyle counselling to regain health.

NDs are primary care providers who are trained to understand both natural and conventional therapies, allowing them to guide other practitioners and patients in the safe use of natural therapies.  NDs are also trained to provide early diagnosis and treatment of many serious diseases and they are trained to identify the conditions that would  require a referral of a patient to other healthcare providers.

Your ND will take the time to listen to your concerns and thoroughly understand your goals, answer your questions, and empower you in adopting a leadership role in your own health care. NDs treat patients as individuals by addressing their unique physical, genetic, constitutional, environmental, lifestyle, attitudinal, and emotional aspects. You can expect to become an active participant in your own health and wellness program!

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Naturopathic Principle #1: Primum Non Nocere First of all, do no harm