Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are government recognized general practitioners with special training in Natural Therapies.


NDs are fully trained in the conventional medical sciences, pathology and diagnosis similarly to medical doctors (MDs) but they are also trained to recognize and treat functional conditions that may accompany, precede or be a consequence of many diseases.


Naturopathic Physicians focus greatly on Preventative Medicine, Natural Methods for healing and on the Lifestyle Factors that will help patients live healthier, more enjoyable lives.



Principles of Naturopathic Practice


THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Nature acts powerfully through healing mechanisms in the body and mind to maintain and restore health.


FIND THE CAUSE (Tolle causam)
Every illness has an underlying cause, often in aspects of the lifestyle, diet, or habits of the individual.


FIRST DO NO HARM (Primum non nocere)
Naturopathic physicians prefer non-invasive treatments which minimize the risks of harmful side effects.


Health or disease come from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, and other factors.


The naturopathic approach to health care can prevent minor illnesses from developing into more serious or chronic degenerative diseases

Dr. Katarine Holewa, ND RAc

Dr Katarine Holewa ND, RAc is a Naturopathic Physician and Registered Acupuncturist practicing in Victoria, BC.

Prior to completing her 3-year training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and her 4-year Naturopathic Medical training at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary, receiving her Bachelors Degree in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Sciences and her Bachelor of Registered Nursing. She then practiced as a full time Registered Nurse in Post-Partum, Special Care Nursery and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and then continued to practice part-time throughout her Naturopathic education.


Dr Katarine ND, RAc now devotes her time and attention to her Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture practice and patients in Victoria, BC. She focuses on preventative medicine, creating and maintaining positive lifestyle changes and finding the underlying causes of illness. She approaches medicine using a more holistic approach to health care and by employing the basic Naturopathic principles, treating the whole person rather than separate symptoms or ailments, and creating highly individual treatment plans.


Dr Katarine ND RAc sees patients of all ages and for conditions ranging from acne to mental health and allergies to chronic pain. She has a special interest in working with Gastrointestinal Disorders (SIBO, IBS, etc), Hormone Re-Balancing (in PMS, fertility, peri and menopause) and Autoimmune Disorders (RA, Sjrogrens, Polymyalgia, etc), Chronic Illness and Integrative Cancer Care.


Dr Katarine ND RAc enjoys educating her patients and helping them reach their own unique health and wellness goals. In addition to utilizing Nutritional Counseling, Acupuncture, Botanical Remedies/Herbs and Homeopathic remedies, Dr Holewa has additional certifications in IV (Intravenous) Therapy and Neural Therapy, has completed advanced training in Biopuncture and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and is also licenced to prescribe pharmaceutical mediciations and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.


Outside of the clinic, Dr Katarine ND RAc enjoys spending time with friends and family, training and riding her horses, hiking, biking, and walking her dog, and exercising her green thumb in her garden. She is a regular shopper at the local farmers markets and healthy cafes and restaurants in and around Victoria and is also a Professional Chocolatier!


     Testimonials and Messages from patients who've benefited from Dr. Holewa NDs services may be seen and read on



College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC


British Columbia Naturopathic Association


Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine


College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners of British Columbia


College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia



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