Today, more people than ever before are seeking and benefiting from naturopathic medical care and the number of naturopathic doctors is growing at record rates to accommodate this increased demand. Currently there are naturopathic doctors practicing in every province and territory in Canada. The more than 1,875 naturopathic doctors across the country continue to be an emerging answer to Canada's health care concerns.
Naturopathic doctors are experiencing greater recognition as health care practitioners and as experts in the field of natural and preventive medicine. They provide leadership in natural medical research and enjoy increasing political influence. Positions for naturopathic doctors are opening up in hospitals, multi-disciplinary clinics and specialized health centres across Canada.
In Canada there are five provinces that have naturopathic regulations: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. The Naturopathic Doctors Act of 2008 grants title protection for naturopathic doctors in the province of Nova Scotia. Most of the other provinces are also in the process of seeking regulation.
In this new century, the naturopathic profession finds itself well positioned in health care. With more and more research supporting the therapies used by naturopathic doctors, the public demand for greater choice and increased access to more natural approaches to health care, naturopathic medicine is poised to make the transition from "alternative" medicine to "mainstream" medicine.
If you haven't experienced the benefits of naturopathic medicine yourself, take the time to regain control of your health by making an appointment with a naturopathic doctor in your area.
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