About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the body can heal itself.
It aims to improve health, prevent disease, and treat illness through the use of organic foods and exercise; a healthy, balanced lifestyle; and the use of a wide variety of treatments.
Naturopathic doctors are primary care physicians who can offer assessments, diagnoses, and treatments, including referrals to other healthcare providers when appropriate.
The training of a naturopathic physician includes a 4 year Bachelor’s Degree, followed by a 4 year graduate-level degree at an accredited naturopathic medical school where he or she studies basic sciences and therapies including nutrition, herbal medicine, electrotherapies, homeopathy, counselling, and physical medicine – including spinal adjustments. They are also trained in ordering and interpreting standard blood tests, and other advanced tests including comprehensive hormone or food sensitivity assessments. Some of these doctors receive specialized training for medication and antibiotic prescriptions, prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, acupuncture, intravenous therapies and chelation, and more.