Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a primary healthcare profession that focuses on prevention and uses natural methods. It is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies and gentle techniques.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are general practitioners of natural health care and employ a wide range of therapies to create a preventative, restorative and individualized approach to health care. These therapies include detoxification, clinical nutrition, botanical (herbal) medicine, acupuncture and Asian medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical treatments, lifestyle assessment and counseling. NDs are specialists in preventive health care, integrating scientific knowledge with traditional healing wisdom.

The following tenets govern the practice of naturopathic medicine:

First, do no harm (Primum non nocere)
Use methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat. Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppressing of symptoms. Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual’s self-healing process.                                  

Identify and treat the causes (Tolle causam)
The naturopathic doctor seeks to identify and to remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

Doctor as teacher (Docere)
Naturopathic doctors share information and knowledge with their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health.

Treat the whole person
Naturopathic doctors treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors.

Emphasize prevention
Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

Upcoming Workshops

Explore Artistic Identity in Writing

September 27, 2017

The role of writing in promoting wellbeing is an emerging field in personal and professional development. In this workshop, we will use writing exercises as an avenue to promote reflection, self-expression and insight into our professional identities as artists. Writing is a creative and versatile ...

Mind/Body/Spirit Practicum

September 21, 2017

Offered by The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre The next round of the OHIP-covered Mind/Body/Spirit Practicum begins Thursday 21 September! There are nine spots available. Intake meetings take place 31 August and 7 September. This innovative 7 session psychotherapeutic programme ...

Registration: Artists' Toolbox

June 30, 2018

Fill in the form below and select which events you want to register for, including the number of spaces you want to reserve (under “quantity”). If you have any problems registering online, you can do so over the phone by calling 416-351-0239.   Season Summary Narrative Wellbeing ...