Naturopathic Medicine is a comprehensive approach to supporting health and wellbeing. The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of illness rather than treat symptoms. The patient is seen as a whole person, whereby distinct treatment plans are based on the physical, mental, emotional and environmental factors of an individual.
In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors are regulated by The College of Naturopathic Doctors of Ontario. They must have a minimum of three years of university education, followed by four years of full-time naturopathic education (including training in the basic medical sciences, diagnostic and assessment skills, therapeutic techniques and clinical training). In order to practice, graduates are required to pass regulatory board examinations that are standardized across North America.