What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a form of primary health care in British Colombia that uses natural effective therapies to treat, and prevent disease; as well as improve your current health. Many of these therapies have been used for thousands of years, such as acupuncture and botanical medicine, with recent research re-establishing their efficacy in the treatment and prevention of disease.
Naturopathic medicine stimulates the body’s innate ability to heal itself. By removing obstacles to cure, and increasing the body’s innate detoxifying abilities, disease can be alleviated, and health can be restored. By addressing your specific symptoms, a comprehensive custom treatment plan is implemented to ensure results in coherency with your unique best wellness. With the long-term guidance of a Naturopathic doctor, a healthy and balanced quality of life is attainable.
THE NATUROPATHIC OATH AND GOVERNING PRINCIPLES
NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN’S OATH
I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art & science of Naturopathic medicine.
I will honour my teachers & all who have preserved & developed this knowledge & dedicate myself to supporting the growth & evolution of Naturopathic medicine.
I will endeavour continually to improve my abilities as a healer through study, reflection & genuine concern for humanity.
I will impart knowledge of the advanced healing arts to dedicated colleagues & students.
Through precept, lecture & example, I will assist & encourage others to strengthen their health, reduce risks for disease & preserve the health of our planet for ourselves, our families & future generations.
According to my best ability and judgment, I will use methods of treatment which follow the principles of Naturopathic medicine:
1. Primum Non Nocere – First do no harm
2. Vis Medicatrix Naturae- The healing power of nature
3. Tolle Causum – Identify and treat the cause
4. Tolle Totum – Treat the whole person
5. Docere – The doctor as teacher
6. Praevenir – Prevention is the best cure
EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR IN BC
British Columbia has the highest scope of practice in North America. As such, British Columbian Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.’s) undergo extensive training over a period of eight years. An undergraduate degree is required with all of the pre-medical sciences to be completed prior to beginning the four intensive years at an accredited Naturopathic Medical School. Two of the later years include a clinical internship both on and off campus. Each student must undergo five days of North American board regulated written and oral examinations, after which each doctor is licensed and regulated by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia. http://www.cnpbc.bc.ca/