Naturopathic medicine is a unique system of integrative health care.
It combines conventional medical knowledge, assessment, and diagnosis, with traditional approaches to health, such as dietary and lifestyle counselling, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, physical medicine (manual therapy and manipulations), and homeopathy. It seeks to determine the true underlying cause of illness or dysfunction in order to achieve optimal health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Naturopathic doctors are licensed health care providers in the province of Ontario, regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) under the Regulated Health Professionals Act. Naturopathic doctors have completed at minimum an undergraduate degree, a post-graduate degree in naturopathic medicine from an accredited naturopathic medical school, and several rounds of licensing examinations.
Naturopathic doctors can treat a wide variety of health conditions, from the common cold to advanced-stage cancer and infertility. The treatment approaches they use will depend on their level of knowledge, experience, and clinical interest. Naturopathic doctors also have an exceptional understanding of other health professions, which allows them to determine the most appropriate options for care.
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