Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends traditional wisdom, natural forms of medicine and modern scientific research.
Naturopathic medicine offers effective treatments for both acute and chronic conditions. From pediatric to geriatric, from new symptoms to chronic illness and from the physical to the psychological. It is the approach, philosophy and training of naturopathic doctors that sets it apart from other forms of health care.
Naturopathic medical philosophy is based on the healing power of nature and focuses on how natural medicines and lifestyle changes can support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself.
Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies including: botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, lifestyle counselling, health promotion and disease prevention.
Naturopathic doctors use clinical diagnosis (through medical history, laboratory testing, physical exams and collaboration with other healthcare physicians) to uncover the root cause of patient health concerns. The focus of naturopathic care is centered on the individual, their current health (physical, emotional and spiritual), family history as well as lifestyle choices; all of which factor into the treatment plan offered by a naturopathic doctor.
Naturopathic doctors use a variety of therapies and resources to empower you with the information and natural medicine you need to achieve optimal health.
"Naturopathic doctors are innovators in healthcare, as they focus on patient-centered care with a strong emphasis on preventive care, nutritional education, natural treatments and the ability to empower patients to take their health into their own hands."
- Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine