Is your cancer treatable? Has it been caught early enough? What can you do to reduce the risks? How effective are cancer treatments for your case? What should you do now that you have a cancer recurrence? What should you do to the adverse effects of cancer treatments? The emergence of naturopath medicine in Canada may hold answers to all these questions and much more and also offer support to people who have cancer.
Naturopathic treatment is a system of curing that focuses on stimulating and supporting the body’s potential to heal itself. This method of healing takes a holistic approach, meaning it focuses on an individual as a whole rather than the illness. In Canada, naturopathic doctors combine advanced scientific expertise with conventional and natural therapies. Naturopathic healing may involve fasting, special diets, herbals, nutritional counseling, and vitamins or mineral remedies.
Requirement of Becoming a Naturopath Doctor in Canada
Naturopath is not a recent profession in Canada. In British Columbia, a Canadian province, naturopathic doctors have had an act in the government constitution since the 1920s. Naturopathic doctors are insured and licensed as primary caregivers. They hold equal responsibilities as medical doctors. To qualify as a naturopathic physician, one must complete the typical four-year medical school courses, followed by four to five years naturopathic medical training. While at the naturopathic medical school, one is exposed to a myriad of natural healing and medicine philosophies. For instance, acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine, herbal medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathic medicine, nutritional medicine, and diet and lifestyle counseling. Also, naturopathic practitioners have an advantage of getting training in traditional medical care and diagnostics. This way, they are able to offer their patients the best of both worlds.
Finding a Naturopathic Doctor in Canada
It is paramount that you ask about the background and training of a particular naturopathic doctor when seeking their services. This is because there are people across Canada who calls themselves naturopaths yet they have not been trained as naturopathic doctors. Naturopathic treatment is regulated in many of the Canadian territories and provinces. A naturopathic practitioner can be found by checking the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Also confirm that the ND you choose has extra training, experience, and knowledge in cancer care. Such doctors are Fellows to the American Board of Naturopathic Oncologists.
Canadian cancer patients have embraced integrative cancer care as alternative cancer treatment with over 40 percent of them having visited a practitioner such as a naturopath or a chiropractor. It is important to have a conversation with your doctor before seeking this form of treatment. This is because some herbs, minerals, and vitamins are known to have adverse interactions with standard cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. You can find additional resources by visiting Dr. Sean Ceaser, ND.