Naturopathic Medicine is “a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine.” (Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors).
Training for naturopathic doctors includes a degree in pre-medical sciences followed by four years of naturopathic medical training. In Alberta, naturopathic doctors are regulated under the Health Practitioners Act and are governed by the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta.
Naturopathic doctors are trained in many natural modalities including: herbal medicine, nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy, orthomolecular therapy, and more. These methods are used to help each individual achieve a healthy state. The main goal is to support the body’s self healing mechanisms by first determining the underlying cause of illness and disease, rather than just treating symptoms.