Recognition of the academic equivalences (CPMDQ)


The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks naturopathy as the third most popular traditional medicine in the world, after traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. It was on this basis that the International Labour Office officially registered it in 1968 and UNESCO also considers it a traditional medicine.

Naturopathy encompasses the individual at all levels of his or her being because it is based on the principle that the human being, in the globality and “wholeness” that characterize him or her, can express himself or herself on different levels: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, energetic, sociocultural and even planetary (ecology).

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

Naturopathy is above all a preventive medicine and aims to maintain and/or restore health through natural means such as exercise, breathing, relaxation, healthy eating, herbal medicine, homeopathy, yoga, pilates, exercise, massage, manual therapy, coaching, soul therapy, and much more. 


The naturopath’s therapeutic approach aims to restore each person’s inherent self-healing abilities and his or her approach is to build on strengths to counterbalance weaknesses. 

To this end, the naturopath establishes a vitality assessment, which does not constitute a diagnosis but which intends, by various natural means, to measure the level of vitality, to estimate the overloads and the deficiencies to stimulate and reinforce these capacities.

The naturopath has a double mission, that of a therapist, who allows the person to regain health, and that of a health educator, by which he gives advice on vital hygiene, with the aim of maintaining the person in good health in the long term. The naturopath must not create dependency with his or her clients, but rather guide them on the path to health by making them actors of their own health, in an autonomous manner.

The Office québécois de la langue française defines naturopathy as an alternative medicine that excludes the use of any pharmaceutical product and that bases its treatments on the exclusive use of natural means (fasting, phytotherapy, dietetics), massages, lifestyle hygiene, sunshine, pure air, for example). 

In the absence of government regulations regarding this practice and the non-uniformity of the academic programs offered by the various private educational institutions in Quebec some insurance companies take advantage of this situation and sometimes go to great lengths to penalize their insureds by refusing to pay the claims submitted by their insureds under the pretext that the service provider “the therapist” does not meet the academic requirements of the insurance company because he does not openly display his diploma issued by a professional school in the field of coverage for which he/she has issued an insurance receipt and even though according to the worldwide definition of naturopathic practice all CPMDQ practitioner members are licensed and qualified practitioners through their diversified training in the various naturopathic therapeutic approaches. 

This is the reason why the CPMDQ colleges exclusively offer to all CPMDQ practitioner members the possibility of obtaining a diploma of equivalence to the title of naturopath, and/or homeopath, and/or massage therapist, and/or kinesitherapist and/or osteopath and/or sports trainer. 


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