NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends conventional medical knowledge with natural therapies and physical techniques in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.  The naturopathic philosophy is to address the root cause of illness, stimulate the healing power of the body, support self-healing mechanisms, and honour the mind-body connection.  Treatment plans reflect whole person healthcare, using natural substances and therapies to stimulate health and healing using the least invasive methods available, and can be combined with conventional medicine.  Treatments are unique to each patient.

Naturopathic training is long and comprehensive.  After finishing an undergraduate degree, students complete a 4-year graduate naturopathic medical program from 1 of the 5 accredited schools in North America. The first 2 years of medical training are similar to that which medical doctors receive, including intensive study in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology, pathology, pharmacology, immunology, infectious disease, minor surgery, clinical laboratory, neurology, gynecology and embryology. There is additional coursework throughout in Naturopathic therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, counselling, physical therapy and spinal adjustment, and massage therapeutics.  In order to be licensed in the province of British Columbia, after completion of a 4-year naturopathic medical program, each candidate must successfully pass 2 sets of national board exams on basic medical sciences, clinical medical sciences and naturopathic therapeutics. 

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DR. CLARE CRAIG

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN



Naturopathic Doctors Provide Care Using:


  • clinical nutrition
  • diet and lifestyle support
  • acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine
  • botanical (herbal) medicine
  • homeopathic remedies
  • hydrotherapy
  • safe and effective alternatives to conventional drugs

Health Concerns Naturopathic Doctors Treat:


  • Acute and chronic conditions
  • Hormone regulation such as acne, infertility, and menstrual complaints
  • Digestive complaints such as: GERD, IBS, IBD, constipation, food intolerances
  • Respiratory conditions such as allergies, asthma, colds and flu
  • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Disorders involving sleep, energy and mood
  • Stress management
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Pain management such as arthritis and sports injuries
  • Cardiovascular diseases such as blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Health concerns of all ages, from pediatrics to seniors
  • Managing medications and side-effects
  • Wellness promotion
Naturopathic medicine is a regulated profession in BC.  Naturopathic Doctors must complete a 4-year full-time training program after obtaining a degree with the requisite pre-medical courses, and remain in good standing with continuing education standards for the profession.

Visits to Naturopathic doctors are generally covered via most extended health care plans, as well as through BC’s MSP premium assistance program.

Dr. Clare Craig is a Naturopathic Physician and a Certified Doula.  She is certified in Acupuncture, and licensed to prescribe in B.C.  She enjoys treating women and men of all ages, and works to address the unique needs of her patients.  She is a member of the BCNA (BC Naturopathic Association), the APND (Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors) and the PedANP (Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians).


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