Naturopathic medicine is primary health care focused on preventative medicine and the use of natural treatments to promote health and well being. The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of an illness rather than simply treating the symptoms. While naturopathic treatments alleviate specific symptoms, with little or no side effect, the side effects are often positive ones including better energy, weight loss, improved sleep and clarity of thought.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest the person in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease
Naturopathic doctors are primary health care providers focused on preventative medicine and the use of natural treatments to promote healing. NDs are the only regulated health professionals in the field of natural medicine in Ontario. ND’s in Ontario must complete a 4-year full-time program at an accredited naturopathic institution after completing an undergraduate degree. Thereafter graduates must pass licensing exams before entering private practise. Naturopathic education is comparable in length and rigor to that of a medical doctor.
Naturopathic Doctors are an integral part of your health care team and work in partnership with:
- Medical Doctors
- Registered Massage Therapists
- Occupational Health Nurses
The therapies used by naturopathic doctors for individual patients may include:
Clinical Nutrition examines the relationship between diet and health. Special diets may be recommended. Treatment may include nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutraceuticals.
Botanical/Herbal Medicine uses plant substances from around the world for their healing effects and nutritional value. The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginnings of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology.
Homeopathic Medicine is based on the principle of “like cures like” and uses dilutions of natural substances to stimulate the self-healing abilities of the body.
Acupuncture uses needles inserted into specific points along meridian lines to restore balance to the body through the nervous system and energetic systems.
Lifestyle Counselling helps patients make healthy changes in their life to reach and maintain their optimal health in all areas including physical, emotional, spiritually and environmentally.
Physical Therapy uses a variety of hands-on techniques to adjust the joints and soft tissues including counter-strain, hydrotherapy, cupping, and massage.