Thursday, January 28, 2010

The current status of naturopathy

In five provinces (British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan) and a dozen U.S. states and in Australia, Israel and some other countries have begun to allow naturopathic doctors to practice primary care medicine. They are therefore entitled to make diagnoses, order tests and tests (radiographs, blood or urine, etc..), Prescribe treatment, providing care and refer patients to medical specialists.

In Quebec and in most Francophone countries in Europe, naturopathy is not officially recognized. Associations of naturopaths, however, work in this direction. For now, we can use the title of naturopath, but it does not necessarily refer to therapists with extensive training. In addition, their practice is generally not subject to strict rules. These naturopaths - whatever the value of their training and skills - are not allowed to ask diagnoses or prescribe treatment. They can than acting as health advisors to complement the care provided by health professionals duly licensed.