“The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest (sic)
patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in cause and prevention of disease.”
- Thomas A. Edison
The History of Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary care health system with a deep philosophical history and over 200 years of clinical practice. Near the turn of the 20th century practitioners from a variety of medical disciplines combined to form the first naturopathic professional medical services. Shortly thereafter there were more than twenty naturopathic medical colleges and naturopathic doctors were licensed throughout Canada and USA.
Although naturopathic medical conventions in the 1920's attracted over 10,000 practitioners, the profession experienced a decline in the 1940's and 50's with the rise and popularity of pharmaceutical industry and the hope that drugs and surgery could eliminate disease.
Naturopathic medicine has experienced a resurgence in the last two decades with people seeking alternatives to conventional care. People are drawn to the whole-body, patient-centered medicine with treatment plans that stimulate/support the body's inherent ability to heal and an overall emphasis on prevention rather than symptom management. As a profession and body of knowledge, naturopathic medicine continues to grow, evolve, and fill a vital role in today’s medical system of specialists and referrals.
The doctors at the Winnipeg Naturopathic Clinic are board certified naturopathic doctors and are graduates of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon which is the oldest board accredited institution of naturopathic medicine in North America.
Licensed naturopathic doctors in the province of Manitoba must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of an undergraduate degree (minimum 3 years), including pre-medical sciences.
- Completion of a 4-year full time program in an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine in Canada or the United States.
- Completion of the North American and provincial licensing board examinations.
- Maintain licensure through continuing education requirements legislated by the Manitoba Naturopathic Association.
The naturopathic doctor shares with physicians of other healing professions the desire to improve individual, community, and global health and welfare. As an organized and legislated profession, naturopathic medicine is committed to on-going research and development of its practice.