Naturopathic Medicine

Halifax Naturopathic doctor Cathleen MacDonald

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine… First, to do no harm. To cooperate with the healing powers of nature. To address the fundamental causes of disease. To heal the whole person through individualized treatment. To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.

 What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that blends science and natural forms of healing. It focuses on prevention and using natural substances and treatments to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. It can be used to improve health and treat acute and chronic illness in people of all ages.

The primary goal of naturopathic medicine is to address the root cause of illness.

Naturopathic Medical Training

Naturopathic Doctors must take a minimum of three years of premedical studies at university followed by four years at an accredited school of naturopathic medicine. Across North America, Naturopathic Doctors must pass rigorous standardized exams to be licensed. Naturopathic Doctors must also meet continuing education requirements on an on going basis to maintain their license. Cathleen is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy Naturopathy – Ontario www.bddtn.on.ca

The Naturopathic Visit

Before the initial consultation, intake forms should be filled in to help me begin the process of understanding your needs and goals.

Initial Consultation

The goal of this visit is to gain as much knowledge about your health history and current health concerns as possible. I will begin by reviewing the intake forms with you to fill in any gaps and I will conduct a physical exam. This allows me to begin to develop an individual treatment plan, that can be implemented into your life. The initial visit is 60 – 90 minutes.

Follow-up Consultations

Your second visit is used to monitor any recommendations you have begun and to implement further recommendations and begin treatments that are indicated. The number of follow up visits recommended depends on the individual and the treatments we are agreeing on to bring you to a balanced state. On an ongoing basis your treatment plan is being monitored and evaluated and modified as needed. Follow up consultations are usually 30 – 45 minutes.

Acute visits are used to monitor acute concerns of current clients. They are 15 minutes.

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