I sometimes compare naturopathic health care to car maintenance. If you change your oil regularly, you avoid pricey car expenses down the road.
- Naturopathic medicine is primary health care that supports the self-healing process and focuses on addressing the root cause of illness.
- The treatment plans reflect ‘whole’ person healthcare, importantly honouring the mind-body connection.
- Naturopathic medicine blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine.
- The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease.
- Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.
- Completion of an undergraduate degree
- 4-year graduate naturopathic medical program from 1 of the 5 accredited schools in North America.
- The first 2 years of medical training are similar to that which medical doctors receive. The program involves intensive study in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology, pathology, pharmacology, immunology, infectious disease, minor surgery, clinical laboratory, neurology, gynecology and embryology as examples. During this time, there is additional coursework in botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, counselling, physical therapy and spinal adjustment and massage therapeutics.
- The last 2 years of the program involves further study of the medical sciences and naturopathic therapeutics and students are required to complete a minimum of 1500 hours of clinical.
- Upon graduation, students are required to have completed 4500 hours of coursework and clinical study.
- Digestive problems including; IBS, food allergies, yeast imbalance, heartburn, constipation, ulcerative colitis Crohn’s, among others.
- Women’s health issues, hormonal imbalance, infertility, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, menopausal concerns, pregnancy and post-partum care.
- Infant and Children’s health care including; diaper rash, allergies, eczema, asthma, colic, digestive concerns and infant food introduction.
- Seasonal and environmental allergies, asthma and auto-immune diseases.
- Eczema, psoriasis, acne and fungal infections of the skin.
- Weight gain, poor diet, migraine headaches and general fatigue.
- Colds and flu’s, ear and throat infections, fevers, joint and muscle pain.
- Depression, insomnia, anxiety, chronic fatigue, attention deficit disorder.
- The initial visit is 1.5 hours in length and is a chance to share your medical story. This visit is designed to be an information gathering session, in which a detailed review of medical history is recorded. Since each patient is unique, a comprehensive individualized treatment plan will be developed. Additional laboratory work and/or medical records may be necessary in order to make a solid diagnosis, so this information may be requested.
- The return office visits are usually 30 minutes in length and involve case discussion, pertinent physical exam and modification or addition to the original treatment plan.
- Candidate must successfully pass 2 sets of national board exams on basic medical sciences, clinical medical sciences and naturopathic therapeutics.
- They must also pass oral board exams