Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Symptoms of disease are understood as warning signals of improper functioning of the body. Treatments are designed to address the underlying cause of disease by stimulating the healing capacity of the body for restoration of normal function. Treatments are chosen based on the individual patient, including their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environmental, and lifestyle attributes.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) may be considered as the family doctors of complementary and alternative medicine. NDs are licensed by the Ontario government following successful completion of at least 7 years of post-secondary education from accredited institutions, North American Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examinations, and Ontario board examinations. NDs treat all health conditions and patients of all ages.
First appointments last between 60 and 90 minutes so that all symptoms may be explored and a root cause determined. A physical exam and blood or urine testing may be conducted. Treatment programs may include an individualized combination of nutrition, botanicals (herbs), acupuncture, supplements, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, counselling, or referral to another healthcare provider.
3 Naturopathic Doctors are located at KIHC. For more information about naturopathic medicine, please review the biographies of our naturopathic doctors and follow the corresponding internet links.