The World Health Organization (WHO) definition of Health:
“Health is a state of complete physical, psychic and social well-being and not merely the absence of illness and infirmities.”
1968 Alma-Atta Accord
Natural Medicine’s basic premise is that ill health is fundamentally a functional imbalance, or disequilibrium within the body. Disease is a plethora of symptoms produced by the body’s attempt to re-establish homeostatic balance. Natural Medicine Practitioners© are Health Care Professionals who are trained in the combined use of safe, gentle non-invasive modalities and therapies directed at enhancing the body’s innate healing ability which is responsible for re-establishing and maintaining optimum health.
Increasing Popularity of Natural Medicine
Natural Medicine Practice falls within what is known as Complementary, Alternative or Traditional Medicine. This practice includes a variety of natural remedies, manual and energy techniques, exercises and measures that are used to maintain well-being and to treat or prevent illness through out the world.
According to the World Health Organization, the use of Natural Medicine Practice in both developing and developed countries has greatly increased in the last 30 years. In most developing countries, it is the only source of health care; in the developed world, consumers look to natural medicine for a less invasive means to manage chronic diseases. At the Alma–Ata meeting in USSR (1962) the first step was taken to recognize Alternative Medicines by forming the Medicina Alternative Institute. In 1977, the 30th WHO Assembly adopted a historic resolution urging interested governments to give “adequate importance to the utilization of their traditional systems of medicine, with appropriate regulations to suit their national health needs.” Both developing and developed countries have, thereafter, displayed greater interest and awareness in using traditional health care resources in the implementation of their national health programs. (REF: The Declaration of Alma-Ata (1962) VII - 7).
Natural Medicine Practitioners© are certified in the modalities of Natural Medicine; it is strongly stressed that patients must consult their primary health practitioner (MD) before undergoing any natural medicine treatment.
The Science of Natural Medicine
There are 3 different groups of practitioners that use the Science of Natural Medicine:
ND - Naturopathic Doctor,
DNM® - Natural Medicine Practitioners©
DIM© - Western trained medical professionals who utilize Natural Medicine Modalities as a complement to conventional treatment.
ND - Currently regulated in Canada: Ontario (BDDT-N), Alberta (AANP/CNDA), Manitoba (MBND), Saskatchewan (SANP), Nova Scotia (NSAND), British Columbia (CNPBC).
DNM® (currently unregulated) - A group of Natural Medicine Practitioners© who maintain a strict definition of natural healing that does not incorporate surgical, non-natural pharmaceutical or obstetrical care into their practice. Training must include graduation from an accredited training program of 4400 hrs with mandatory clinical internship.DIM© - Western Trained Medical Professionals - These practitioners must complete 2000 hrs of training and experience in natural medicine as a complement to conventional treatment. Includes but is not limited to Chiropractors, Medical Doctors, Dentists, Osteopaths, Orthomolecular Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners.
Benchmarks for Training
EBNMP™ Canada Association adheres to the World Health Organizations Benchmark for Training in Traditional / Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Please view the DNM®, Practitioner or Ayurveda pages for more information.