“Our task is not to treat the disease, but the patient – Vincent Preissnitz”
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease; it is the art and science of supporting the natural healing processes of the patient through the removal of any obstacles to health. It is the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of physical, mental and emotional conditions; and it is the promotion of well-being using therapeutics that support or enhance a patient’s overall health.
In BC, naturopathic physicians (NDs) are licensed to provide primary care. They are trained as general practitioners in complementary medicine, providing a full range of diagnostic tests and therapies.
Conditions Commonly Treated
Naturopathic medicine has been shown to help with the following conditions:
- Digestive complaints such as GERD, IBS, IBD, constipation, food intolerances.
- Stress management.
- Respiratory complaints, such as allergies, asthma, colds and flus.
- Depression and anxiety.
- Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
- Hormone problems, for example, acne, infertility, menstrual complaints and menopause.
- Pain management, for example, arthritis, and sports injuries.
- Diabetes (Type 2).
- Cardiovascular diseases such as cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Metabolic disorders