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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Posted on: April 9th, 2010 by Dr. Chi-Hung No Comments

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system. It blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease.

Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavorable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.

Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and naturopathic manipulation. Traditional Chinese medicine, such as acupuncture, may also be used during treatments.

How long does it take to become a naturopathic doctor?

It takes four years to become a naturopathic doctor after getting a post secondary degree. It could take seven to nine years after completing high school.

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Dr. Chi Hung La received his Science honours degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. He fell in love with medical plants while researching on the anthelmintic properties of papaya seeds with intestinal parasites. That lead him to his completion of four (4) years of naturopathic medicine training in 2006 from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM),Toronto, Ont. He has been practicing in Alberta for the past 4 years focusing on Women's health, Endocrine health, dermatological health, and Sports medicine. In his practice he uses Chinese medicine, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, energetic medicine (Homeopathy, Applied Kinesiology).

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