The Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine
First, Do no Harm
Naturopathic Doctors are trained to use the most minimally invasive therapies with few to no side effects in order to restore optimal health. Therapeutic actions are aimed at complementing the body’s ability to heal, rather than suppressing symptoms without addressing the underlying cause of the disease or dysfunction.
The Healing Power of Nature
The role of the Naturopathic Doctor is to respect and facilitate the body’s ability to heal itself by identifying and removing obstacles to cure, then, to support and nurture the maintenance of optimal health.
Identify and Treat the Cause
The idea behind a Naturopathic Doctor’s process is to continually be asking “why” symptoms are present, and elucidate the web-like interaction of the various inputs (physical, biochemical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental, chemical, social, etc.) and how they conspire to produce the symptom picture of the patient.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic Medicine always puts symptoms, diseases, and dysfunctions into context with regards to the whole person, and the environment that they exist in.
Doctor as Teacher
The word “doctor” is derived from the Latin “docere” – to teach. The ultimate goal of a Naturopathic Doctor is to empower his patients to take responsibility for their own health process.
Licensed Naturopathic Doctors in British Columbia, Canada, have graduated from one of six accredited colleges in Canada and the United States, and undergo the following training:
• Minimum of 3 years pre-medical studies;
• 4 years study at an accredited naturopathic college;
• Over 1500 hours supervised clinical experience;
• 2 sets of licensing board exams;
• Ongoing continuing education.
In British Columbia, Naturopathic Doctors are licensed and regulated by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC).