How is naturopathic medicine different from conventional medicine?

Conventional and naturopathic medicines complement one another, but they differ in their approach to treatment.  Naturopathic medicine assesses the whole person, and focuses on disease prevention and health enhancement using natural therapies and patient education.  An important role of the Naturopathic Doctor is to teach patients how to better care for their own health.  Naturopathic Doctors work in partnership with other regulated healthcare providers to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible.

What can you expect from a visit with a Naturopathic Doctor?

A Naturopath will conduct a thorough health history interview with you on your first visit, which can last about an hour and a half.  A physical exam may be conducted on the first or second visit with a naturopath.  The treatments prescribed by your Naturopath will be unique to your specific needs and goals, and your N.D. will always listen to your concerns and respect your health choices.

How can I benefit from seeing a Naturopathic Doctor?

A Naturopathic Doctor will inspire and motivate you to take control of your health.  They will be part teacher, part doctor and part health coach on your journey towards better health.  Even if you are managing your condition or illness with medication, an N.D. can help you determine what factors may have contributed to your current health challenges and figure out ways to prevent the reliance on daily medication or supplements whenever possible.  An N.D. can also provide support during major physiological and psychological changes such as pregnancy, postnatal, menopause and recovery after an illness, accident or surgery.

What kind of training do naturopathic doctors receive?

Naturopathic doctors are primary care providers with a minimum of 7 years post-secondary education.  N.D.s are required to complete a university undergraduate degree in a related field of study followed by four years at an approved college of naturopathic medicine.  The post-graduate program in Naturopathic Medicine includes training in biomedical sciences, diagnosis, naturopathic therapeutics and an intensive, supervised clinical internship year at the end of the program.  Following graduation from the naturopathic program, candidates must successfully complete the North American Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario.