Naturopathic medicine is a distinct form of primary health care focused on an individualized, patient-centered approach emphasizing prevention and treatment of disease, as well as optimization of health. Naturopathic Doctors support the body’s inherent ability to heal through the use of non-pharmaceutical, evidence-based therapies.
Naturopathic Doctors focus on treating the root cause of disease and not just the symptoms. They address and minimize preventable risk factors, which are known to lead to the development of chronic disease. Naturopathic assessment, diagnosis and treatment is individualistic in nature and draws from a number of therapies. Treatments may include clinical nutrition, nutraceuticals, supplementation, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathic medicine, physical treatments, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, I.V. Therapies and Diet and lifestyle counseling.
Naturopathic Medicine is for people of all ages at any stage of health.
Naturopathic Doctors have completed a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education, including a premedical undergraduate degree, and a four-year naturopathic medical degree from an accredited naturopathic medical school. Prior to obtaining a license to practice in Ontario, NDs must successfully write two rigorous North American wide entry-to-practice exams plus an additional set of provincial licensing board exams. Naturopathic Doctors are required to maintain their competency throughout their career by completing at least 70 hours of accredited continuing medical education courses every three years.