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Naturopathy

Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive holistic health system that incorporates therapies from Traditional Chinese Medicine, ayurveda, homeo-pathy, western herbalism, as well as nutritional approaches, body therapies and other healing practices. Naturopathic medicine is based on five governing principles: the healing power of nature; treating the cause rather than the symptom; doing no harm; the physician as teacher; and prevention as the best cure. The practitioner considers the patient's physical symptoms, diet, lifestyle, work, and personal characteristics when determining a treatment regimen. The goal of naturopathic treatment is physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Education
Naturopathic doctors registered in licenced provinces and states must complete four years of professional training at a recognized college of naturopathic medicine. Pre-admission requirements include three years of pre-medical studies at a university. Training includes basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; naturopathic principals and therapeutics; and extensive clinical experience under the supervision of licenced naturopathic doctors. Graduates receive the title "N.D." or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.

Regulation
Naturopathic practice is regulated under provincial law in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. In provinces where naturopathic doctors are licensed, graduates must pass rigorous board examinations to be eligible to practice as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. In provinces without licensing, anyone can call themselves a naturopathic doctor.

In British Columbia, the regulatory body is the:
College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC
T (604) 688-8236
www.cnpbc.bc.ca

For further information
BC Naturopathic Association
T (604) 736-6646
www.bcna.ca  

Canadian Association of Naturopathic Physicians
T (416) 496-8633 / 1-800-551-4381
www.cand.ca

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