Naturopathic Doctors (ND) are trained in the art and science of both conventional and alternative medicines. The primary difference between NDs and Medical Doctors (MDs) lies in the naturopathic philosophy to ‘treat the root cause of illness’ and focus on prevention rather than suppressing disease symptoms.
Naturopathic Doctors integrate standard medical diagnostics and utilize a broad range of natural therapies (such as herbal medicines or nutrition) as opposed to pharmaceutical drugs. Additionally, naturopathic medicine believes that each individual is unique and, therefore, each treatment plan should be tailored to that patient and their unique health concerns. Every person has their individual physiological makeup and, so, it is recognized that although a certain treatment may work for most, it may not be the best for you.
Every licensed and registered ND has at least 7 years of post-secondary education, has graduated from an accredited Naturopathic College, has completed a multi-step, licensing exam process and maintains good standing by frequently performing continuing education credits.