What is Naturopathic Medicine and how can it help you?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic philosophies focus on stimulating the healing power of the body, treating the underlying cause of disease and preventing illness. Whether treating acute or chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments consider the physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environmental and lifestyle factors of each patient.
Individualized treatment plans may include nutrition and lifestyle counselling, botanical medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy. In addition, intravenous vitamin and mineral therapies and pharmaceuticals may also be used.
In British Columbia naturopathic doctors work in private clinics and are therefore required to charge a fee for service. However, most extended medical plans will cover naturopathic medical care. It is suggested each patient check their individual plan as each extended medical plan is different. Also those patients who have MSP premium assistance are eligible for coverage for a portion of their visits.
In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession has created an infrastructure which includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, continuing education, national standards of practice, participation in many federal health committee initiatives, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research.