Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. It takes health care beyond symptom management and promotes wellness and prevention of illness and disease. Naturopathic Medicine plays an important role in Canada’s health care system and treatments can be used on their own or together with conventional medicine. Naturopathic medicine is for people of all ages and health histories who want to take their health into their own hands.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
First, do no harm.
NDs use methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
Treat the cause of disease.
NDs identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than suppressing symptoms.
Doctor as teacher.
NDs teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine by sharing knowledge with patients and encouraging individual responsibility for health.
Heal the whole person.
NDs treat and heal the whole person through individualized treatment, by understanding the unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to illness, and customizing treatment protocols to the patient.
NDs emphasize prevention by partnering with the patient to assess risk factors and recommend appropriate naturopathic interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.
Support the body's ability to heal.
ND's support the healing power of the body by recognizing and removing obstacles to the body's inherent self-healing process.