Naturopathic Medicine

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About Naturopathic Medicine in Nanaimo


Naturopathic medicine is an alternative approach to healthcare that focuses on the use of natural means to promote healing and wellness.


There are 6 principles that guide naturopathic medicine as a profession, examples include: utilizing the healing power of nature, treating the whole person, finding and treating the root cause(s) of disease, and focusing on the prevention of illness.


Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are highly trained medical professionals who receive a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education. Becoming a naturopathic doctor requires undergraduate training in core sciences, and the completion of a 4-year naturopathic medicine program at an accredited naturopathic medical school.


NDs are primary care providers who practice evidence based medicine and have a scope of practice that is uniquely broad. They are trained in and utilize a wide range of natural healing modalities including:


  • Acupuncture

  • Botanical (Herbal) Medicine

  • Clinical Nutrition

  • Dietary and Lifestyle Counselling

  • Physical Medicine

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Nutrient Injections & IV Nutrient Therapy


Naturopathic physicians also have direct access to laboratory testing and can prescribe pharmaceutical medications. NDs can order both common lab tests and special tests, such as Food Sensitivity and Nutrigenomix testing. Obtaining the authority to prescribe medication requires additional training for naturopathic doctors; this allows them to better understand pharmaceuticals, and to more safely and effectively co-manage patients alongside their medical doctors.

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What to Expect on Your First Visit:

Your first visit is never rushed. This is where we need to spend time with you to make sure we understand exactly what your concerns are, the primary issues that are keeping you from being healthy, your expectations in your recovery, and your health goals in general.

You will be greeted by Debby, Rhonda or Dymetha in the reception area and will be asked to fill out some short health forms.  After Dr. Tomlinson has had a chance to review these forms he will discuss with you any other pertinent information.

After all of the information has been obtained, Dr. Tomlinson will analyze your findings and present you with his best understanding of your case, the best method for restoring your health, alternative options, the cost and time commitment, and the expected outcome of your treatment plan.

There is ample time for questions and discussion before treatment begins.  It is our goal that every patient will be optimally informed regarding their health to ensure they make the most appropriate health care choices.

Dr. Corin Tomlinson

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Tomlinson’s passion for helping people formed early in his life. This passion, along with a deep belief in a holistic and natural approach to he [...]

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