Today we debunk some of the common myths concerning ND’s and naturopathy. Specifically, the belief that ND’s aren’t trained, that natural medicine isn’t evidence based and that naturopathy and homeopathy are the same practice.

Licenses and Education

– ND’s are required to undergo training and certification before they are qualified to practice in North America. For instance, naturopaths must pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners. That’s right; naturopaths have extensive education and must have a degree from a college and/or university that’s accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education and must also have specific pre-med, post-secondary requisites. Furthermore, provincial governments regulate In Canada naturopaths. Fun fact, BC has regulated naturopathic medicine since 1936! Doesn’t seem like a new trend now, does it?

Naturopathy vs. Homeopathy
– Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine that treats diseases or illness with small doses of natural substances that could produce the same symptoms of that disease/illness in a healthy person. While some ND’s may incorporate homeopathy into their treatment and process, naturopathy and homeopathy are not the same practice.

ND’s are clinically trained in a variety of medical systems, which can include nutrition, herbal medicine, natural childbirth, pharmaceutical medicines, psychological care and homeopathy.

Evidence and Scientific Research
– Because ND’s incorporate natural remedies or products in their practice, many people believe it’s unscientific. However, much of naturopathy is based on scientific research. Remember, you don’t have to choose between naturopathy and conventional medicine Many MDs and NDs work together when treating patients. Consider incorporating them both into your health and wellness plan and continue to follow the path that gets you the best results 🙂

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