Naturopathic Medicine addresses the root cause of illness rather than just symptoms and promotes health and healing through natural therapies. Alternative medicine is a successful non-invasive way to prevent acute and chronic illness as well as reduce reliance upon prescription medications (and all of their side effects). Alternative medicine aims to boost your immune system, prevent and treat both acute and chronic diseases and increase your energy level. (NDOntario, 2013)
Naturopathic Doctors are licensed and regulated to be your primary health care provider or work in coordination with your Medical Doctor as part of your life-long health care team. NDs use a comprehensive approach to assist patients in disease prevention and management while improving overall health.
As primary care practitioners, Naturopaths are trained to handle a variety of health issues and concerns. Committed to supporting your body’s innate instinct to heal, NDs look beyond treating and suppressing symptoms to determine the root cause of your illness. Naturopathic Doctors specialize in early diagnosis and treatment and are experts in prevention. With a wide range of therapies and a collaborative community at their fingertips, Naturopaths provide comprehensive, individualized primary care with you at the centre of it, not your illness. (NDOntario, 2013)
From 1925 to June 2015, Ontario’s Naturopathic Doctors were regulated under the Drugless Practitioners Act. As of July 1st 2015 with the focus of the healthcare system shifting towards wellness and prevention, NDs joined colleagues such as Medical Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to be regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act.
As with conventional medicine, Naturopathic training requires three years of undergraduate pre-medical sciences and a four-year full-time program in health sciences, Naturopathic principles and modalities. Upon completion of the regulatory board exams, including the NPLEX, Naturopathic Doctors are required to maintain their competency by meeting continuing education requirements.
With their extensive training and clear standards of practice, NDs collaborate with other healthcare practitioners through consultation and, with health issues that are beyond their scope of practice, referral. (NDOntario.com, 2013)