The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Medicine (CAND) defines naturopathic medicine as a ‘distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine’. Naturopathic medicine is founded on the belief that the body has its own ability to heal itself and works to stimulate and support that ability by treating the cause of illness, rather than focusing on symptom management. By treating the person as a whole, naturopathic medicine can be used for both acute and chronic conditions and is tailored to the individual to address the physical, emotional, spiritual and lifestyle factors that might be affected.
The philosophy behind naturopathic medicine is based on six key principles that are the basis of training and guide the practice of Naturopathic Doctors. Naturopathic Doctors are trained in a variety of modalities that can be applied on an individual basis to best assess and treat both acute and chronic conditions.