WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
Naturopathic Medicine is a form of primary health care that utilizes natural, traditional and scientific knowledge to treat and prevent disease. The goal of Naturopathic Medicine is to address the root cause of an illness and help people achieve optimal wellness. Naturopathic Doctors use natural therapies, including botanicals, acupuncture and nutrition to stimulate a person’s own healing ability. With the belief that every person’s health is unique, Naturopathic Medicine provides individualized care that encompasses a person’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Naturopathic Doctors have been regulated in Ontario since 1925. Some of its' therapies though, have been around for thousands of years including acupuncture and hydrotherapy. With its ancient roots, Naturopathic Medicine takes a progressive patient-centred approach. Naturopathic Doctors believe that a person has control of their own personal health and wellness and the role of a doctor is to empower and support them.
To find out more about Naturopathic Medicine in Canada, please check out these sites:
The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors: https://www.cand.ca
Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors: http://www.oand.org
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine: http://www.ccnm.edu
College of Naturopaths of Ontario: http://www.collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca
Why See A ND?
To maintain good health, optimize wellness and prevent disease.
To get a more natural, gentle approach to your health concerns.
Confusion over which supplements to take and what dose is right for you.
You want education on what you can do to get healthy and remain that way.
You have complaints that your medical doctor has been unable to address.
You’re on medications that are causing problematic side effects, and you’re ready to find natural solutions.
You are looking for a health professional who can take the time to listen to you.
You would like your health care to be approached from a holistic perspective.
You want a second opinion about the pharmaceutical medications you are taking.
You are curious about trying Naturopathic modalities including acupuncture, botanical medicine and hydrotherapy.
- Adapted from Dr. Sacha Elliott, ND
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
Treat the Whole Person
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion