Naturopathic Medicine is a coordinated approach to primary health care that meets the individual needs of each patient. In addition to conventional training in health sciences and diagnostics, naturopathic doctors employ a range of natural therapies and non-invasive techniques to ensure a holistic, integrated approach to health and healing.
In BC, naturopathic doctors with the appropriate licensing have prescribing rights. However, the goal of most naturopaths is to work with the patient to make individualized dietary and lifestyle changes that could reduce or eliminate symptoms prior to attempting the use of pharmaceutical drugs. The careful consideration of dietary needs, supplementation and other holistic alternatives such as acupuncture can positively impact health and well being in the patient without the negative side effects often associated with pharmaceutical drugs.
Naturopathic doctors treat the whole person, addressing chronic and acute conditions while emphasizing disease prevention. Educating patients on personal health management is an important role for all naturopathic doctors. Naturopaths can treat all of the same conditions as traditional medical doctors and often have a more integrated training and access to more treatment options.
All graduates from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine have training in the following areas:
- Wellness Counseling
- Botanical Medicine
- Clinical Nutrition
- Physical Medicine
- Traditional Asian Medicine.