Last week, Wednesday July 25th marked an important day for Naturopathic care in Alberta.
Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne
The Provincial Government of Alberta announced that the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) has been created to oversee the profession.
The purpose of the regulation is to ensure that the utmost quality of care is received by those seeing a Naturopathic Doctor, and that N.D.’s across the board have the appropriate credentials and standards of practice.
Health Minister Fred Horne was quoted in the Huffington post in an article by Josh Wingrove, stating;
“It is a very significant milestone for this profession, and a recognition of the knowledge and skills that members of the association bring to their work… It also reflects the recognition a growing number of Albertans give to the services provided by naturopathic doctors.”
The decision to regulate and endorse Naturopathic Medicine was largely motivated by the desire to ensure Albertans receive safe and effective treatment.
It is important that the skills and services offered are upheld to a high standard of care. Services offered by Naturopathic Doctors include acupuncture, homeopathy, intravenous administration, chelation therapy or prescribing supplemental vitamins and minerals.
The first President of the College of Naturopathic Doctors is Allissa Gaul. To date there are 144 practicing N.D.’s in the province of Alberta.