Dr. Colleen M. Leo
Bloor and Runnymede Area
Naturopathic Medicine is a comprehensive and distinctive natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the integrity of the whole person. It uses these six principles to treat health and disease:
The Healing Power of Nature
(Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain and restore health.
Identify/Treat the Cause
Illness requires cause and it may manifest on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
First Do No Harm
(Primum Non Nocere)
Therapeutic actions work with the healing power of nature to remove the underlying causes of disease.
Treat the Whole Person
(The Multifactorial Nature of Health and Disease)
Health and disease are conditions of the whole person and involve a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, environmental, social and other factors.
The Physician as Teacher
The naturopathic doctor (ND) works with the patient and helps the patient to assume responsibility for his/her own health.
(The Best Cure)
The ultimate goal of any health care system should be prevention, emphasizing building health rather than fighting disease.
Naturopathic Doctors take a minimum of three years pre-medical studies at university, followed by four years at a recognized accredited college of naturopathic medicine. The education encompasses basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics and 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
Graduates of naturopathic medical schools receive the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree or diploma.
Naturopathic Doctors in Canada are trained in all of the following methods of practice
Thousands of modern clinical studies have validated a variety of natural medicines used by NDs. Naturopathic schools encourage and facilitate research. It is important to note that, since most naturopathic remedies cannot be patented, manufacturers find little financial incentive in costly scientific studies. Thus funding from independent sources is essential for scientific validation of naturopathic treatments.