What Is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive approach to improving health and treating illness. Focusing on prevention, and using natural substances and treatments, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. The primary goal of Naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of illness, rather than treat or suppress symptoms. The client is seen as a whole person by the ND who takes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions into account when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.
What Can I Expect When I Visit A ND?
The ND will take an in-depth history with the goal of understanding all the factors which may be affecting your health. Some simple non – invasive tests may be recommended. A personal treatment plan will then be proposed to help improve your health.
How Are ND’s Trained?
ND’s take a minimum of three years premedical studies at university, followed by four years at recognized college of naturopathic medicine. The education encompasses basic medical studies, naturopathic principles and therapies and extensive supervised clinical experience. Graduates of recognized schools of Naturopathic medicine receive a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree or diploma. In Regulated provinces and states in North America, Graduates must also pass rigorous standardized exams to qualify for practice.
Do ND’s Interact With Other Health Professionals?
Naturopathic treatments are often combined with conventional medical treatments. ND’s refer and accept referrals from other practitioners including medical doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths and midwives.