NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE FOR YOU (CONTINUED)
THERAPIES USED IN NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
Medicine – use of whole plants individually and in combination, as powdered herbs, tinctures, teas, creams and
salves for the treatment of a wide variety of symptoms
Clinical Nutrition – individualised diet changes and supplementation for
health promotion and disease treatment
Prevention and Life Style Modification / Counselling – assessment of risk factors and programs to modify
behaviour emphasizing self-responsibility
Homeopathic Medicine – using the “Law of similars” (like cures like).
Minute doses of plant, animal and mineral substances are used for the treatment and prevention of various symptoms,
especially those that have a mental emotional basis. A very gentle yet very effective way of treatment.
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Hydrotherapy – One of the oldest known therapies that dates back to the seventeenth century. Hydrotherapy uses
the healing power of hot and cold water to aid in the treatment of certain physiological dysfunctions of the body and to
aid in healing the body faster by increasing circulation and the detoxification process of the body.
Naturopathic Manipulation – diverse techniques for correction of musculo-skeletal and neurological
EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR?
The training program is very similar to the conventional medical program with primary differences being in the
therapeutic sciences. Unlike medical doctors, naturopathic doctors are trained extensively in health assessment, history
taking, diagnosis using specialised testing methods, including but not limited to medical laboratory testing ( blood,
stool and urine), saliva and hair among other testing. In addition, naturopaths also learn Traditional Chinese Medicine
diagnostics - which include tongue and pulse diagnosis.
A licensed and registered naturopath has received at least 4 years of post- graduate training from an accredited
naturopathic medical institution. Admission requirements include at least three years of pre – medical sciences at a
Training includes the basic clinical and medical sciences such as pathology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry,
microbiology, pharmacology, and natural therapeutic methods of healing such as those mentioned above, extensive clinical
experience and are then subject to 2 sets of licensure examinations from the Naturopathic Practitioners Licensing
Examinations and practical examinations from the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy Act
YOUR FIRST VISIT AT OUR NATUROPATHIC CLINIC
Your typical naturopathic visit at our Toronto Naturopathic Clinic usually takes anywhere from 1 – 1.5 hours. The
goal is to learn as much as possible about the patient through a comprehensive patient history intake, including an
assessment of the patient’s diet, environment, toxic load, stress, and other aspects of lifestyle
Your second naturopathic visit includes a complete physical exam and laboratory tests – standard and specialized,
and other standard diagnostic procedures to evaluate the physiologic function of the individual (your naturopath will
discuss any additional testing you may require. Please note that OHIP does not cover the costs of the tests and the
visits. However your extended health benefits usually covers the costs.
Diagnosis of the disease is only part of the process; once a good understanding of the patient’s health and disease
status is established, the naturopathic doctor and the patient work together to establish a treatment and health-promoting
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The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of human frame, in diet,
and in the cause and prevention of disease.
- THOMAS EDISON
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