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What is Naturopathic Medicine ?

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease using natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and lifestyle counselling.


Naturopathic doctors are primary care practitioners. Naturopathic doctors also complement and enhance health care services provided by other health care professionals. NDs cooperate with other healthcare professionals, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate. Naturopathic Doctors provide patients with a truly integrative form of health care.


Naturopathic Doctors take a holistic view towards prevention and treatment, review and order laboratory tests, in some provinces have the capability to prescribe pharmaceuticals. In general we do not just treat the symptoms although important in many contexts, we try to develop treatment protocols that will remove obstacles to cure and provide the individual with tools to overcome and correct the dis-ease in question. All to allow the body do what it is designed to do, self-heal.

Functional-Medicine: the new label for naturopathic medicine used by Medical doctors.

Modalities used:

  • Acupuncture

  • Herbal Medicine

  • Homeopathy

  • Nutritional Supplementation

  • Nutritional and Lifestyle Counselling

  • Soft Tissue Manipulation

  • Pharmaceutical Prescriptions in Certain Provinces

  • IV nutrition Applications


To qualify as a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) in Nova Scotia one must complete at least 3 years at a recognized University, attend a 4 years at a naturopathic medical collage (there are 2 in Canada and 4 in the US), write and pass NPLEX examinations (North American wide) to finally qualify for provincial standing.

Colleges in Canada

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

1255 Sheppard Avenue East 
Toronto, Ontario M2K 1E2 
(416) 498-1255 
1 (866) 241-2266 (toll-free) 
(416) 498-3197 (fax) 

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. 
#200 - 435 Columbia Street,
New Westminster B.C., V3L 5N8
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