Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is naturopathic medicine?


Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that focuses on safe and effective natural forms of medicine.

Naturopthic doctors are trained in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease using the following natural therapies: botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, traditional oriental medicine/acupuncture, mental/emotional and lifestyle counselling.



What training do naturopathic physicians have?


To obtain a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, an undergraduate degree is required before commencing a 4 year program at an accredited naturopathic college. Licensing is required in BC and this is granted with the successful completion of Naturopathic Practitioner Licensing Exams (NPLEX) and additional provincial regulatory board exams.



How does naturopathic medicine compare to conventional medicine?


Both offer primary medical care and are similarly trained in the core sciences and both study physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis to identify a disease state. The difference lies in the philosophical approach and the therapies used. Naturopathic doctors treat patients as individuals by addressing all aspects of their health (not only their physical health, but also their emotional health, their lifestyle and any aspect that is unique to them) and treat them using natural therapies. Conventional medical doctors most commonly treat the symptoms of a disease and generally use pharmaceutical therapies.



Is there extended medical coverage for naturopathic medicine?


Naturopathic medicine is covered under most extended medical plans and a portion is covered if you are using premium assistance through MSP (see supplementary health care benefits).



For more information on naturopathic medicine see the CAND website.










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