What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care profession that focuses on prevention and uses a natural approach towards better health.  It is complementary to other healthcare approaches and treats a variety of health concerns.



Naturopathic Doctors (ND) are highly educated general practitioners of natural health care who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. They work in partnership with other regulated healthcare providers to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible.


The treatment methods used include botanical (herbal) medicine, homeopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture and Asian medicine, physical treatments, counseling, and healthy lifestyle guidance.


Naturopathic Doctors are provincially regulated with standardized credential requirements.  All registered NDs have completed four years of extensive training in an accredited naturopathic medicine institution after a minimum of three years of pre-medical studies at a recognized university.  They must then pass a set of standardized North American regulatory board examinations in order to qualify for ND licensing.

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

1. First do no harm (Primum non nocere)

  • Naturopathic doctors use the least invasive therapies and avoid suppressing symptoms.


2. The healing power of nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)

  • Naturopathic Medicine recognizes and supports the inherent ability of the body to heal itself by identifying and removing the obstacles to health.


3. Identify and treat the causes (Tolle causum)

  • Identification and removal of the causes of disease.


4. Doctor as teacher (Docere)

  • Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health.


5. Treat the whole person

  • Naturopathic doctors account for physical, emotional, mental, genetic, social and environmental factors in their treatment of every individual.


6. Prevention

  • Prevention of disease through healthy lifestyle and control of risk factors.

Naturopathic Doctor's Oath

I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of naturopathic medicine.


By precept, education and example, I will assist and encourage others to strengthen their health, reduce risks for disease, and preserve the health of our planet for ourselves and future generations.


I will continually endeavour to improve my abilities.


I will conduct my life and practice of naturopathic medicine with integrity and freedom from prejudice.


I will keep confident what should not be divulged.


I will honour the principles of naturopathic medicine:


First, to do no harm.


To co-operate with the healing powers of nature.


To address the fundamental causes of disease.


To heal the whole person through individualized treatment.


To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.


With my whole heart, before these witnesses,


As a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine,


I pledge to remain true to this oath.