Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that focuses on prevention and natural remedies in the promotion of health.
Naturopathic medicine has been around since the time of Hippocrates who believed that human disease is based on lifestyle and constitution. Naturopathic philosophy focuses on the underlying cause of disease and the stimulation of the body.
Naturopathic treatments are individually tailored and encompass physiological, psychological, social, spiritual, environmental and lifestyle factors. Naturopathic physicians are trained to interpret labs and diagnostic tests and treat accordingly. In BC, naturopathic physicians have prescription rights in addition to extensive knowledge in botanical medicine and vitamin nutrition.
Naturopathic treatments usually focus on lifestyle and dietary changes but may also include other natural therapies such as botanical medicine, hydrotherapy and homeopathy.
Naturopathic medicine is proactive because of its emphasis on prevention and it can treat both acute and chronic conditions. Most extended health care plans in the province of British Columbia cover naturopathic services.