Syndicat Professionnel des  
NATUROPATHES  
du Québec (CPMDQ)

WHAT IS NATUROPATHY?

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies naturopathy as the 3rd most important traditional medicine in the world, after traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. It was on this basis that the International Labour Office officially registered it in 1968, and UNESCO considers it a traditional medicine as well.

Naturopathy encompasses the individual on all levels of being, because it assumes that the human being, in the globality and “wholeness” that characterize him or her, can be expressed on different levels: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, energetic, socio-cultural and even planetary (ecology).

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

Predominantly a preventive medicine, naturopathy aims to maintain and/or restore health through natural means such as exercise, breathing, relaxation, healthy eating, herbal remedies, homeopathy, manual therapy, soul therapy, etc. The naturopath seeks to re-establish a healthy state of mind.

The naturopath seeks to re-establish the self-healing capacities inherent in each individual, and his or her approach is to build on strengths in order to counterbalance weaknesses. To this end, he or she draws up a vitality balance sheet, which is not a diagnosis, but is intended to use a variety of natural means to measure vitality levels, assess overloads and deficiencies, and stimulate and reinforce these capacities.

The naturopath’s mission is twofold: as a therapist, to help people regain their health; and as a health educator, to give advice on vital hygiene, with the aim of maintaining long-term health. A naturopath must not create dependency with his or her clients, but rather guide them along the path to health, making them autonomous actors in their own health.