Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine to support the body’s ability to heal itself. The naturopathic philosophy is to develop individualised treatment to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the root cause of disease, not only management of the disease symptoms.
Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive system of primary care that addresses the root cause of illness or disease and promotes optimal health through individualized treatments. While Naturopathic care helps to alleviate specific symptoms and improve quality of life, Naturopathic Doctors view their patients from a holistic perspective and consider the emotional, spiritual, mental, physical environmental, and occupational aspects of a person while diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.
Naturopathic doctors have regulated health professionals in the field of natural medicine.
Naturopathic Doctors (ND) obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of medical doctors. NDs require a Bachelor’s Degree in pre-med postsecondary education, plus four years of full-time study at an approved college of naturopathic medicine. Graduates receive the designation Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all regulated provinces and states across North America