Their care is sought for different reasons. Some want to find natural, gentle solutions for their health concerns while others seek an ND as a last resort when no other satisfactory solution has been found. ND’s also have a focus on prevention, working with people who want to support long term health and wellness.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are physicians who are clinically trained in modern scientific medicine and have a natural, holistic and gentle approach to health care.
To become a naturopathic doctor, students must first complete a science-based undergraduate degree, followed by four years at an accredited naturopathic medical school, and finally complete rigorous board examinations. In order to practice naturopathic medicine in British Columbia, they must then be recognized by the College of Naturopathic Medicine of British Columbia.
Naturopathic doctors are detail oriented; longer office visits mean that they can obtain the information needed to connect the dots, look at the big picture and search for the underlying cause of a patient’s health concerns. Working as a team with the patient and using the gentlest means possible, naturopathic doctors prescribe treatments to address the underlying cause and help bring the person back into balance.