What Is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that merges modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The Naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavorable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.

Treating both acute and chronic conditions, Naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, physical manipulation and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, may also be used during treatments.

In Canada, the Naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, participation in many federal health committee initiatives, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research. Naturopathic doctors are trained to provide primary care and/or naturopathic specialty care. A 4-year undergraduate degree is mandatory prior to enrolling in the 4-year doctorate program. Standardized board exams for North America (NPLEX) must be successfully completed before obtaining licensing.

THE 6 PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

  • 1. FIRST DO NO HARM

    Use of methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects;
    Use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
    Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppressing of symptoms; and
    Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual self-healing process

  • 2. IDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSES

    In addition to alleviating acute and chronic symptoms of disease, NDs seek to identify and remove underlying causes of illness. Rather than merely eliminating or suppressing symptoms, this approach moves the body toward maintaining an optimal state of health.

  • 3. DOCTOR AS TEACHER

    NDs work collaboratively with patients by sharing knowledge and information to create a successful treatment plan. Patients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own optimal health.

  • 4. TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON

    In addition to addressing specific complaints or symptoms, NDs look at the ‘whole picture’. The physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors contributing to the health of each individual patient are thoroughly considered.

  • 5. EMPHASIZE PREVENTION

    NDs emphasize prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease in each patient. Appropriate interventions can then be made in partnership with patients to prevent illness.

  • 6. SUPPORT THE HEALING POWER OF THE BODY

    The practice of Naturopathic Medicine recognizes an ordered and intelligent self-healing process that is inherent to every individual. NDs work to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery and to facilitate this natural self-healing process.

ABOUT DR. ALISON CHEN

Alison Chen was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a Naturopathic graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), 1 of only 8 accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools in North America.

Alison is a teacher, athlete and avid traveler. She attended the University of Western Ontario where she received a Bachelors of Science specialized in Biology and graduated with Honors. During her University career she became a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor.

After graduating from Western, Alison spent 5 months in Tanzania, East Africa, volunteering with a non-profit organization called, Western Heads East. Her passion for travelling and learning continue to inspire her contributions to other communities. Already, Alison has travelled to India, Hawaii, California, and Thailand to further her education and clinical experience as a Naturopathic Doctor. (Read about Alison’s experiences in Africa and India).

AS A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR, ALISON HAS SPECIALIZED TRAINING IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Primary Care
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling
  • 5-Element Constitutional Acupuncture
  • Acute and Constitutional Homeopathy
  • Botanical Medicine- a collaboration of Chinese, Western and Ayurvedic herbs
  • Bioenergetic Medicine- body scan and bio-resonance testing
  • Physical Manipulation, Rehabilitation and Pain Management
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Touch Therapy
  • First Aid

This website is NOT to be used as a diagnostic or treatment tool. Always consult with your Conventional Medical Doctor or Naturopathic Doctor for specific concerns. In cases of medical emergencies visit your nearest hospital or call 9-1-1.