Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are general practitioners of natural medicine. NDs are granted their licence from provincial regulators and for non-regulated provinces hold membership and registration with The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. They are trained to diagnose and treat ailments using clinical nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, physical medicine, life style counselling and homeopathy.
There are many individuals practicing under similar titles that are not Naturopathic Doctors and do not have the training required to diagnose and treat patients in all of the above methods. Such titles often include Natural Doctor, Naturotherapist, Natural Therapist, Holistic Doctor, Acupuncturist, Homeopath, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask to see these practitioners' credentials and if they are a member of CAND.
Homeopaths or acupuncturists are trained to practice in one discipline – either homeopathy or acupuncture. So while a homeopath would prescribe a homeopathic therapy, a Naturopathic Doctor would use any of the above approaches, including homeopathy, in their treatments.
- excerpts taken from the Naturopathic Association of Ontario’s website.