Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of integrating modern medical advances with traditional medicines from nature encouraging health and longevity

Naturopathic Medicine

- Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system

- Training to become a naturopathic doctor requires a 3-4 year premedical degree, over 4800 hours

 (4 years) of naturopathic medical education (which includes conventional medical care and 

diagnostics, pharmacology, drug/botanical interactions, physical examinations and naturopathic 

treatment modalities) and 1200 hours of clinical experience.

- Naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis 

and treatment.

- Individualized treatment plans include the use of botanical medicine, therapeutic diets, clinical

nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, traditional Chinese 

medicine/acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling.

Naturopathic Treatments

Dietary therapy and nutritional supplements are recommended to address deficiencies, treat disease processes, and promote health.  The benefits may include increased energy, improved gastrointestinal function, enhanced immunity, and general well-being. 

Hydrotherapy refers to the use of hot and cold water applications to improve circulation and 

stimulate the immune system.

Botanical medicine is plant based medicine that involves the use of herbal teas, tinctures, 

capsules, and other forms of herbal preparations to assist in recovery from injury and disease. 

Asian medicine includes the use of acupuncture, Eastern herbs and dietary changes to eliminate 

disease and balance body functions.  

  • Acupuncture refers to the insertion of sterilized disposable needles through the skin into underlying tissues at specific points on the body.  
  • Eastern herbs may be given in the form of pills, tinctures, or decoctions (strong teas) to be taken internally or used externally as a wash.  
  • Dietary advice is based on traditional Chinese medical theory.

Lifestyle counselling involves identifying risk factors and making recommendations to help 

optimize one’s physical, mental, and emotional environment.

Homeopathy is a form of medicine based on the Law of Similars; that is, the use of tiny doses of 

the very thing that causes symptoms in healthy people.  These minute doses, of plant, animal, or 

mineral origin, are used to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself.  Homeopathy is a powerful tool 

that effects healing on a physical and emotional level.