Q: What kind of training do Naturopathic Doctors have?
Naturopathic doctors are primary health care providers. Naturopathic medical students are required to have an undergraduate degree before completing a four-year, full-time accredited program. The curriculum incorporates medical sciences, naturopathic principles and naturopathic therapies. Naturopathic doctors are clinically trained in all aspects of family health. The program involves over 1200 hours of supervised clinical experience under licensed professionals. All graduates must pass two sets of rigorous licensing board exams and maintain ongoing continuing education.
Q: What kinds of conditions do Naturopathic Doctors treat?
Since naturopaths are primary health care providers, NDs are trained to treat the same conditions as a family physician. Naturopaths can treat both acute and chronic medical conditions. NDs place a focus on prevention and optimizing wellness so they also educate patients on health promotion and general well-being.
Q: What kinds of things should I expect on a naturopathic visit?
Q: What are the principles of naturopathic medicine?
1. First do ho harm – primum non nocere
2. The healing power of nature – vis medicatrix naturae
3. Discover and treat the cause, not just the effect – tolle causam
4. Treat the whole person – tolle totum
5. The doctor is a teacher – docere
6. Prevention is the best “cure” – praevenire