Naturopathic medicine is a unique form of healthcare that combines modern scientific research with traditional and natural medicines. The guiding principles of naturopathic medicine embody treating the root cause of the disease and working with individuals to overcome disease. Naturopathic doctors are medically trained health professional that use natural therapies to treat both acute and chronic conditions. In addition, they work to prevent the return of diseases and promote health in all aspects of your family's life.
Take a detailed patient history to determine the underlying cause of the illness. Comprehensive medical training in addition to the use of laboratory and physical exams are used to diagnose health conditions, and use a holistic approach to treat the cause of disease rather than suppressing symptoms. The principle of "Doctor as Teacher" encourages education on healthy living and preventative medicine in order to empower patients to help themselves and their families, to live a healthy life, and make informed decisions about their health. Disease presents differently in each person, therefore, consideration of mental, physical, emotional, environmental, and social influences on the disease are vital in treating each individual. All contributing factors to the disease are considered in creating a customized treatment plan for each patient.
Naturopathic doctors are medically trained professionals that must complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited university before receiving acceptance to an accredited naturopathic college. Acceptance to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine is based on academics, a personal essay, community involvement, work experience, references and an interview. The Doctor of Naturopathy degree is a four-year program consisting of more than 3000 hours of classroom training and 1200 hours of clinical experience. To become licensed a licensed naturopathic doctor, both North American Naturopathic Physician Licensing Exams (NPLEX) and location specific Board Exams must be written. After passing these exams, registration with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) allows the Licensed Naturopathic Doctor to practice in Ontario. Iuliana is also a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND).
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