Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. With focus on the individual and the bodies natural ability to heal, naturopathic medicine aims to treat the root cause of disease, rather than just the symptoms. It addresses both acute and chronic health issues, and emphasizes prevention by using a variety of modalities including nutrition, botanical medicine, traditional chinese medicine, homeopathy and counselling. By spending more time with you, a specific treatment plan can be designed encompassing the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.

Some common conditions NDs treat are:

  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive issues
  • Skin concerns
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Chronic pain
  • Mental health
  • Immune support
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Pediatrics and teens

Naturopathic medicine is a licensed profession that abides by natural standards of practice. To become a ND you must attend one of the 4-year accredited institutions and pass the licensing board exams. Nova Scotia has now become one of several provinces to protect the title of “Naturopathic Doctor.” An ND in Nova Scotia has to be a member of the provincial and national Naturopathic Associations (NSAND & CAND), and meet their rigorous requirements.

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