What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care model that blends modern science with traditional and natural forms of healing. We believe in treating the whole person, not just the disease, and identifying and treating the root cause of ailments, rather than simply suppressing symptoms. Naturopathic doctors believe that nature has inherent healing powers and that we must work alongside the healing power of nature in order to obtain optimal health. We follow the Therapeutic Order when designing treatment plans, focussing on establishing the groundwork for health and then moving on to our repertoire of safe and effective natural therapies.
What education do naturopathic doctors have?
Most naturopathic doctors have completed 8 years of post-secondary studies; NDs must have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree in the sciences in addition to the naturopathic doctor program, an intensive 4-year program from an accredited college that includes more than 1200 hours of clinical experience and involves more than 3000 hours of classroom training. The program covers three major areas of study: biomedical sciences, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapeutics. We have training in conventional medicine – diagnostics, labs, history taking and physical exams – as well as traditional medicine and natural therapies.
Completion of the ND program requires a 12 month internship in 4th year and completion of two regulatory licensing exams (NPLEX 1 and 2) after 2nd and 4th year as well as a board exam.
The Associations of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) has published an informative article comparing the training of naturopathic and medical doctors: Comparing ND & MD Curricula.
Does naturopathic medicine work?
Naturopathic doctors combine Evidenced Based Medicine (EBM), using scientific research, with traditional healing methods to guide our clinical-decision-making. The number of studies in major scientific journals that demonstrate the efficacy of naturopathic therapies is steadily increasing as naturopathic medicine gains traction in the medical world. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine is a powerful research institution, conducting a number of studies on the efficacy of natural therapies. In addition, the growing popularity of natural medicine and its integration into mainstream medicine provide indication of its benefit for providing patients with results.
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Naturopathic doctors are trained in conventional medicine: biological and clinical sciences, diagnostics, labs, physical exams and history taking. Studies have shown that integrating naturopathic medicine with mainstream medicine leads to better patient outcomes.