Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct form of primary health care with a long, rich history in North America. In accordance with the principles of Naturopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Doctors:

  • Focus on the whole person and recognize that disease has physical, mental, and emotional causes and┬ásymptoms
  • Unite scientific evidenced-based naturopathic medicine with traditional natural medicine
  • Diagnose disease through naturopathic assessment, physical exam and lab testing
  • Understand the manifesting symptoms as signals of disease and imbalance within the individual
  • Identify and treat the underlying root cause of disease
  • Recommend treatments that promote the natural ability of the body to heal itself
  • Utilize natural therapies which include clinical nutrition, acupuncture & traditional Chinese medicine, physical medicine, lifestyle counselling and herbal medicine
  • Individualize treatment plans tailored to the needs of the patient
  • Emphasize assessing risk factors and prevention of disease
  • Collaborate with other regulated health care professionals when indicated to optimize the patient’s healing
  • Empower the patient through education to proceed on their healing journey

Naturopathic Therapeutic Order

Naturopathic Therapeutic Order

From Zeff J, Snider P, Pizzorno JE. Section I: Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine. The Textbook of Naturopathic Medicine 3rd Ed 2006; 1(1).

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