The Naturopathic Principles
- First, to do no harm, by using non-invasive and non-toxic therapies with minimal side effects.
- To treat the causes of disease, by identifying and addressing the underlying causes of illness, rather than simply suppressing symptoms.
- To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, through patient empowerment and education.
- To support the healing power of the body, by removing obstacles to support the body’s inherent ability to heal.
- To heal the whole person through individualized treatment, incorporating the physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to a persons illness.
Naturopathy is a growing field of regulated health professionals who practice holistic wellness through natural healthcare. Registered naturopathic doctors must be licensed practitioners who have completed extensive training within the naturopathic field. Comprehensive training includes four years of pre-medical post secondary education and four years of full time enrollment at an approved College of Naturopathic Medicine. After rigorous study, naturopathic doctors must qualify for licensing by completing two sets of exams (Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations I and II). In total, registered practitioners have completed over 1200 hours of clinical experience under expert supervision, with a holistic approach that seeks wellness in body and mind.