“Good Health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.”
– Anne Wilson Schaef
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system which incorporates the art, science and philosophy of medicine with the practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic Doctors work with their patients to treat acute or chronic illness, and restore and optimize their health.
By looking at disease as a process and signal for an improper functioning of the body, Naturopathic Doctors treat the whole body as a unit and address the underlying root causes.
To address these root causes, Naturopathic Doctors will use alternative therapies instead of the conventional pharmaceutical prescriptions. These therapies include: Clinical Nutrition, Botanical Medicines, Acupuncture, Homeopathic Medicines, Physical Medicine, Lifestyle and Nutritional Counselling.
What Conditions does Naturopathic Medicine Treat?
Naturopathic Medicine treats many types of health concerns: acute or chronic illnesses and all types of demographics. There are usually 3 cases where people seek naturopathic medical care. These include:
- Patients looking for disease prevention and health promotion strategies
- Patients that have a wide range of symptoms that cannot be addressed by their other healthcare practitioners
- Patients that are looking for alternative treatments for conditions which they have been diagnosed with.
Individuals looking for disease prevention and health promotion recognize that health is a lifelong process that requires regular body maintenance. Just like you take your car in to get its oil changed, your body also needs a regular check up to keep it running smoothly.
Since Naturopathic Medicine has a broad understanding of health and the relationship between health, life and the environment, Naturopathic Doctors are able to offer new perspective in treating patients with a range of symptoms or conditions.
Patients who are looking for alternative treatments find that Naturopathic medicine is very effective in improving quality of life for serious life threatening illnesses, but also, can work collaboratively with conventional medicine to reduce side effects, or increase recovery from surgical or hospital procedures.
In Canada, Naturopathic Doctors must go through a post graduate accredited educational institutions, professional licensing examinations, abide by national standards of practice, and a commitment to scientific research.