About Naturopathic Medicine

About Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is an approach to healthcare that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. It functions as both primary care and complementary medicine, treating acute and chronic conditions while also promoting prevention and overall well-being. The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is to stimulate the body’s natural healing power, addressing the root cause of illness rather than simply treating symptoms. Naturopathic treatments are tailored to each individual patient to enhance overall health and wellness. 

For a person to practice naturopathic medicine in British Columbia, and to use the title “naturopathic doctor,” “naturopathic physician,” or “naturopath,” they must be registered with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia.

The College maintains an online public register of naturopathic physicians in BC under section 21 of the Health Professions Act. Members of the public may use the public register to look up licensed naturopathic doctors in BC.

Please note the College is unable to provide recommendations for individual naturopathic doctors and does not maintain information regarding their areas of special interest. To find a licensed naturopathic doctor, please refer to the public register and reach out to them directly regarding their particular areas of interest.

Certain areas of naturopathic medicine are restricted. Only registrants who are certified by the College in these areas may practice them. Members of the public may verify the certifications held by a particular registrant by looking up their profile on the public register. 

The practice of naturopathic medicine in British Columbia is governed by legislation, regulations, bylaws, and policies. Naturopathic doctors must also adhere to the standards of practice, the Code of Ethics, and the Code of Conduct established by the College.

Members of the public may submit complaints regarding professional misconduct or violations committed by naturopathic doctors. For more information on this process, please refer to the Complaints page on the website.