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:
Botanical (Herbal) Medicine
Dietary and Lifestyle Counselling
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.