Naturopathic doctors are guided by 6 fundamental principles:
First, to do no harm
To treat the causes of disease
To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine
To heal the whole person through individualized treatment
To emphasize prevention
To support the healing power of nature
Naturopathic doctors are licensed health care practitioners who take time to listen to their patients and work with the healing powers of nature.
Naturopathic doctors support the body to heal through treating the root cause of disease. Health is improved through a guided and systematic approach towards getting to know yourself and your body. Using the healing forces of nature and the organs of elimination, the body’s health can be restored and improved.
Naturopathic doctors must complete 8 years of post-secondary studies, including a 4-year undergraduate degree in the sciences. This 4-year intensive naturopathic training from an accredited college includes more than 1200 hours of clinical experience and involves more than 3000 hours of studies in the classroom. Areas of study include: biomedical science, clinical sciences and naturopathic modalities. Naturopathic doctors have also trained in the following areas of allopathic medicine – diagnostics, labs, history taking and physical exams.
Completion of the ND program requires a 12 month internship in 4th year, completion of two regulatory licensing exams (NPLEX 1 and 2) after 2nd and 4th year and a board licensing exam. All Naturopaths in this province are regulated under the Health Professions Act and are under the jurisdiction of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.