Vancouver Naturopathic Clinic
Vancouver Naturopathic Physician
Frequently asked Questions
Vancouver NaturopathDr. Badesha operates a Naturopathic Clinic in Vancouver BC, at 2083 Dunbar Street. Call (604) 222-2433 to make an appointment. This clinic gives easy access to residents of Kitsilano, Point Grey, Kerrisdale, Dunbar, Marpole, Fairview, Downtown Vancouver, Mount Pleasant, Collingwood, East Vancouver and other Vancouver areas.
What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary care that addresses the root cause of illness or disease and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. Treatment modalities may include clinical nutrition, botanical (herbal) medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical treatments, acupuncture and Asian medicine and lifestyle counselling. The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of the illness rather than simply treating or suppressing symptoms. While naturopathic care helps to alleviate specific symptoms, NDs are primarily concerned with addressing the root cause of an illness: the focus is more on the why of a disease than the what.
Vancouver NaturopathDr. Badesha earned his doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster BC, in 2003.
What is the difference between naturopathic medicine and homeopathy?
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are general practitioners of natural medicine. They are trained to treat ailments using clinical nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, physical medicine, lifestyle counselling and homeopathy. Homeopaths, on the other hand, are trained to practice in one discipline – homeopathy. So while a homeopath would prescribe a homeopathic therapy, a naturopathic doctor would use any of the approaches listed above, including homeopathy, in their treatments. In addition, homeopathy is not a regulated or licensed health profession in Ontario. Naturopathic medicine is regulated and licensed in Ontario. About Naturopathic Doctors
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic doctors are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies.
What type of education and training do Naturopathic Doctors receive?
Naturopathic doctors require minimum 3 years pre-med undergraduate education, plus 4 years of full-time study at an approved college of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic doctors obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of medical doctors but also study traditional natural therapeutics emphasizing lifestyle changes, disease prevention, and optimal wellness. With this said, and in line with treating the whole person, NDs are recognized as primary healthcare physicians by the British Columbia government. They perform physical examinations, laboratory testing, gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, and allergy testing. The four-year program incorporates basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapies, as well as problem-based approaches to health issues, and 2000 hours of supervised clinical experience. Following the completion of their program, NDs must successfully complete Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in British Columbia. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all regulated provinces and states across North America.
Do naturopathic doctors have specialties?
NDs may have ‘special interests’ in health conditions in which the ND has had extensive treatment experience or holds keen interest, or a modality used preferentially with a high degree of success. We do not refer to these as specialties, as this implies that the ND has special training in a particular area. At present, there are no specialist-level educational programs for NDs provided by naturopathic colleges, although NDs may have special training beyond their training at a naturopathic college (for parenteral therapy, for example). Although an ND may have a special interest in a specific disease or treatment modality, naturopathic care is always holistic in nature and highly individualized and unique to each patient.
Can naturopathic doctors treat ?
Yes. NDs are primary health care practitioners, which means that they can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including both acute concerns and chronic health conditions. In the event that an ND is unable to treat your condition, they will refer appropriately.