To be eligible for the program one must have a university degree relating to science. There are two accredited schools in Canada and seven in the United States that offer the doctorate program. Each naturopath obtains 4800 hours of classroom education and 1200 hours of hands on training. Licensed practitioners have passed rigorous board certified examinations. Practitioners are also required to complete continuing education year to year ensuring high professional standards are maintained.
but rather an integrative approach seeing the body as an interconnected whole where mental and physical stress can manifest in many different ways within the physical body.
Naturopathic medicine is great for treating:
However, it is not limited to only these.
They are primary care providers with knowledge in many healing modalities varying from acupuncture and Chinese medicine to homeopathy, botanical medicine, vitamin and mineral supplementation, counselling, as well as manipulations, massage, and hydrotherapy.
A first consultation begins with the patient filing out an extensive health history questionnaire. This gives the ND time to review one’s case prior to their appointment ensuring the best care possible. At the appointment, more information is gathered around each main health concern until the most likely cause is identified. Often private, in-house testing along with indicated physical exams are completed. Diet plans and treatment programs are put together based on there best clinical judgement.