The Advantages of Naturopathic Care

October 3, 2021
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Naturopathy is a distinct system of health care which stresses health maintenance, disease prevention, client education, and client responsibility. It blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and alternative approaches. Therapies in this field embodies the ideology of using foundational lifestyle modifications, as well as vitamins, minerals, medicinal plants, herbs, and/or nutraceuticals, as well as coaching to support and stimulate the body’s natural abilities. This is why naturopathic care works best when it’s employed prophylactically / preventatively.

Naturopaths view individuals as a whole person who possesses many interrelated systems, and they emphasize treating the individual as a whole rather than treating a set of symptoms alone.

Unlike some other systems of health care, naturopathy doesn’t identify itself solely with one particular form of therapy and/or modality, but rather with a philosophy surrounding life, health, and disease.

The Main Tenets of Naturopathy

Naturopaths hold to the tenet of using non-invasive modalities and medicinal substances in order to minimize the risk of harmful side effects.

The body has an inherent ability to heal itself. Naturopaths act as facilitators to this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health in an effort to support the healing process.

Illness does not occur without a cause, and causes can occur on various levels including physically, mentally, and/or emotionally. Therefore, a Naturopath must identify the cause of illness rather than simply acting on the symptomatic expression of a disease.

Every individual is unique. Naturopaths use individualized protocols by understanding the interdependence between the physical, mental, emotional, environmental, genetic, and social factors which may contribute to illness.

Naturopaths must take time to educate and empower clients concerning their health. This cooperative relationship has an inherent therapeutic value on its own merit, which may enable clients to heal.

The ultimate goal of naturopathy is disease prevention. Naturopaths thoroughly assess any risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and make appropriate interventions with the goal of maintaining health and preventing illness, as much as possible.

Advantages of Seeing a Naturopath

Naturopaths, Naturopathic Practitioners, or Traditional Naturopaths teach their clients to use diet, exercise, and adapt healthy lifestyle modifications alongside recommending personalized protocols of natural substances in an effort to help strengthen and stimulate the body’s innate abilities to ward off and combat different health issues, as much as possible.

Traditional Naturopathy and Naturopathic Medicine
… and Quebec

It’s important to distinguish between Traditional Naturopaths and Naturopathic Doctors, which are not interchangeable nomenclatures. It’s critical to understand the difference between the professions as their scope of practices are vastly different.

A licensed Naturopathic Doctor is a primary care physician who is trained to diagnose, prevent, and treat acute and chronic illness, and in some provinces in Canada, prescribe medication. They complete a 4 year Bachelor’s degree before attending a 4 year, in residence doctoral program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medicine Education (CNME).

While a Traditional Naturopath’s education can vary greatly depending on their background and the institution they’ve decided to study with. It’s important to note that a Traditional Naturopath does not make a medical diagnosis and/or establish a medical treatment.

Now… Quebec.

Currently speaking, under Quebec law there are no Naturopathic Doctors as the professional order for the profession still needs to be established. Because of this, both Traditional Naturopaths and Naturopathic Doctors who’ve decided to get a doctoral degree accredited by the CNME both call themselves Naturopaths and both must operate within the scope of practice of a Traditional Naturopath. This means that all Naturopaths working in Quebec are unable to provide a medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or prescribe medication.

Because of how naturopathy is viewed in Quebec, this profession falls into the Complementary Therapy or Adjunct Therapy health care bracket. It does not in any way replace Primary Care.

What’s important to know, when considering to hire a Naturopath in Quebec is to find out if the Naturopath in question is registered with a professional association in the province which recognizes their education and allows them to practice within the laws and province of Quebec, Canada.

Antonio Colasurdo

Antonio is a Registered Osteopath with the Association Canadienne des Thérapeutes en Médecines Douces (ACTMD), Board Certified with the American Association of Natural Wellness Practitioners (AANWP), and a Fellow of the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada (OCPCC).

Antonio dedicates his time and expertise in helping both men and women decrease acute and chronic pain, improve range of motion and mobility, and helps to increase overall quality of life, as much as possible, at his practice in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.