Reconnaissance des équivalences académiques (CPMDQ)

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies naturopathy as the 3rd traditional medicine in the world, after traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. It is on these bases that the International Labor Office registered it in 1968 and that UNESCO, for its part, considers traditional medicine as well.

Naturopathy encompasses the individual on all levels of being because it supposes that the human being, in the globality and the “entirety” which characterize him, can be expressed on different levels: physical, emotional, mental , Spiritual, energetic, sociocultural and even planetary (ecology).

Naturopathy is holistic medicine (alternative medicine, natural), which takes into consideration all aspects of the person and seeks to act, not on the symptom, but on the cause.

Primarily preventive medicine, naturopathy aims to maintain and / or restore health by natural means such as exercise, breathing, relaxation, healthy food, medicinal plants, homeopathy, manual therapy, therapy of the soul etc.

The naturopath seeks to restore the self-healing abilities inherent in each person and his approach consists in relying on strengths in order to counterbalance weaknesses. To this end, it establishes a vitality assessment, which is not a diagnosis but which intends, by various natural means, to measure the level of vitality, estimate overloads and deficiencies to stimulate and strengthen these capacities.

The naturopath has a double mission, that of therapist, which allows the person to regain health and that of health educator, by which he gives vital hygiene, with the aim that the person maintains health over the long term. A naturopath should not create dependence on his clients but on the contrary guide them on the path to health by taking part in their own health, in an autonomous manner.

With regard to the definition of the Office québécois de la langue française, the latter defines naturopathy as alternative medicine which excludes the use of any pharmaceutical product and which bases its treatments on the exclusive use of natural means (fasting, phytotherapy, diet, massage, healthy lifestyle, sun, clean air, etc.).

In the absence of government legislation vis-à-vis the practice and the lack of uniformity of the academic programs offered by the many private educational institutions in Quebec, some insurance companies take advantage of this situation and sometimes go very far to penalize their policyholders refusing to pay the claims presented by their policyholders on the pretext that the service provider “the naturopath” does not meet the academic requirements of the insurance company.

In addition, for a reason that can only be financially profitable for insurers such as Industrial Alliance and Sun Life, the latter have decided to no longer reimburse receipts for services rendered by a naturopath who does not openly display their diploma issued by a Canadian naturopathic school. (Ref. Press release of March 28, 2014)

However, given that all members are naturopaths because they all have more than 1000 hours of naturopathic training, the CPMDQ reiterates its offer to validate your academic training to obtain a diploma in naturopathy, and / or homeopathy, and / or or massage therapy, and / or kinesitherapy and / or osteopathy delivered by one of its colleges.

Although obtaining an equivalence diploma is a favorable offer in an attempt to reduce the refusals of reimbursement by certain insurers for your services rendered, the offer of equivalence of your academic achievements is optional and not compulsory.

So for the above reasons, it is possible for you to continue to issue receipts in naturopathy or under other coverages which you qualified as it was the case before this offer.

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