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What is Naturopathic Medicine


Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. It is based on the healing power of nature and it supports and stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself.

Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies. These therapies include: botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, as well as prevention and lifestyle counselling.

How Does It Compare
to Conventional Medicine?

NDs and MDs both provide primary care and both are similarly trained. The primary differences between naturopathic and conventional medicine are the philosophical approach and the therapies used.

Naturopathy Focuses on Using Natural Substances to Heal

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) treat patients as individuals by addressing the physical, environmental, lifestyle, attitudinal, and emotional aspects of health. This allows Naturopathic doctors to find and treat the cause of the disease using natural, non-invasive therapies. Allopathic doctors generally address and treat the symptoms of disease and use pharmaceutical therapies or surgery.

What Naturopathic Medicine Can Do For You

Naturopathic medicine treats all forms of health concerns - from pediatric to geriatric, from irritating systems to chronic illness and from the physical to the psychological. Naturopathic medicine is beneficial for the following types of patients:

  • Patients that are looking for disease prevention and health promotion strategies.

  • Patients that have a range of symptoms that they been unable to address on their own or with the help of other medical practitioners.

  • Patients that have been diagnosed with an illness, often serious or chronic and are looking for alternative treatments. Naturopathic medicine is very effective for improving quality of life for those with serious and life threatening illnesses.

  • Patients that are looking to combine conventional and naturopathic treatments with the aim of minimizing side effects of drugs, surgery or conventional treatments.

Your naturopathic doctor chooses remedies and therapies that are safe and effective, to increase your health and decrease harmful side effects.




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