Naturopathic medicine attempts to uncover the root cause of disease, and with the use of an array of natural therapies, bring the body back to, and maintain, a state of health.
Through an extensive patient history and intake, and various diagnostic techniques including physical examinations and lab work, a Naturopathic Doctor will look at you holistically and devise an individualized treatment plan with the intention of curing, not just treating symptoms.
Some of the benefits of seeing a Naturopathic Doctor include; longer visit times allowing the understanding of you as a whole, your treatments will be natural and non-invasive and may be more effective than conventional treatment, and can complement any treatment you may already be going through for increased efficacy.
Before entering one of the 7 accredited Naturopathic schools in North America, candidates must complete a 3 year Bachelors degree from an approved secondary institution. During the 4 year program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, graduating Naturopaths will have received over 3,000 hours of classroom training and over 1,200 hours of clinical experience.
Naturopaths are currently provincially regulated by the Board of Directors Drugless Therapy Naturopathy (BDDT-N) under the Drugless Practitioners Act. The profession is undergoing an extensive process to be included under the Regulated Health Practitioners Act with all other medical professionals and will then be governed by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of Naturopathic medicine.
I will honour my teachers and all who have preserved and developed this knowledge and dedicate myself to supporting the growth and evolution of Naturopathic medicine. I will endeavour to continually improve my abilities as a healer through study, reflection, and genuine concern for humanity. I will impart knowledge of the advanced healing arts to dedicated colleagues and students.
Through precept, lecture, and example, I will assist and encourage others to strengthen their health, reduce risks for disease, and preserve the health of our planet for ourselves, our families, and future generations.
According to my best ability and judgment, I will use methods of treatment which follow the principles of Naturopathic medicine:
First of all, to do no harm.
To act in cooperation with the Healing Power of Nature.
To address the fundamental causes of disease.
To heal the whole person through individualized treatment. To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.
I will conduct my life and the practice of Naturopathic health care with vigilance, integrity, and freedom from prejudice. I will abstain from voluntary acts of injustice and corruption. I will keep confidential whatever I am privileged to witness, whether professionally or privately, that should not be divulged.
With my whole heart, before this gathering of witnesses, as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, I pledge to remain true to this oath.