What Is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is an integrated approach to primary health care that combines and coordinates evidenced-based medicine and training with natural and traditional therapies.  

The philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine is to treat the whole person, balancing mind, body and spirit in order to achieve a state of vibrant health. 

Treatment plans are individualized, based on the patient’s whole health history, and may include botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, traditional chinese medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, counseling and lifestyle modifications. 

Ultimately, the goal of Naturopathic Medicine is to help make you, the patient, feel better by treating the root cause of your illness. 

Naturopathic Doctors are Guided by Six Principles:

1. First Do No Harm – primum non nocere

2. The Healing Power of Nature – vis medicatrix naturae

3. Discover and Treat the Cause, Not Just the Effect – tolle causam

4. Treat the Whole Person – tolle totum

5. The Physician is a Teacher – docere

6. Prevention is the best “cure” – praevenire

To earn and maintain a license as an ND the following is required:

  • Completion of prerequisites including at least 3 years of pre-medical sciences at postsecondary/university institution.
  • Completion of a 4-year-full time program at an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine that includes more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
  • Successful completion of NPLEX exams written after the 2nd and 4th year of medical school (NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for Naturopathic Doctors across North America. 
  • Meet the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits as required by the CNPBC on an ongoing basis.