Naturopathic medicine combines the traditional wisdom of healing with the modern research of western medicine and science. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) in British Columbia are considered primary care providers who can treat most health concerns using individualized treatment plans that combine both natural and conventional therapies. The grounding philosophy addresses mental, emotional, and physical aspects health to determine the root cause of illness. Licensed naturopathic doctors in British Columbia are regulated by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC), and are able to treat patients using telemedicine from anywhere in British Columbia.
Naturopathic doctors may use a combination of the following modalities:
Physical Exams (and Pap Smears)
IV & Injection Therapy
First Do No Harm
Foundations of medicine is to help improve the human form and condition. Therapies are selected that are safe, effective, and evidence- based. NDs typically start with the least invasive therapies to minimize risk of adverse effects and harm.
Treat the Root Cause
Rather than focusing on symptom suppression, NDs use a combination of thoughtful case taking, laboratory testing, and understanding of biochemistry and physiology, to uncover the root cause of illness. Therapies are targeted to treat the cause to allow the body to heal itself.
Treat the Whole Person
NDs believe that in order to bring sustainable healing, we need to view the body as a whole system. This includes all aspects of physical, mental, and emotional health. NDs understand the complexity and interconnectedness of our body systems, our environment, and lifestyle.
Healing Power of Nature
NDs utilize the body's innate ability to heal itself. This combines eliminating obstacles to cure and guiding healing using modalities including nutrition, herbal medicine, nutrient support, and adjusting lifestyle habits. This promotes sustainable change for longterm health and wellness.
Doctor as Teacher
Education and empowerment are critical components of naturopathic care. NDs work to teach patients about their body and allow them to be apart of their own health care team. With this patient- centered approach, patients better understand how to achieve and maintain their wellness.
Naturopathic medicine affirms that when possible, it is best to prevent illness and focus on 'health' care rather than 'disease' care. In combination of the six naturopathic principles, NDs strive to help patients to optimize their health and prevent illness.