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Increased Options for Natural Health Products - Government of Canada

  • Date: 2011/12/14 (Rev: 2012/09/19) Health Canada
  • Synopsis : With this change in classification these minerals oils and salts used in traditional medicine and in Western natural health product formulations to maintain and improve health will be available without prescription.

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With this change in classification these minerals oils and salts used in traditional medicine and in Western natural health product formulations to maintain and improve health will be available without prescription.

Naturopathy - Also known as Naturopathic Medicine, is a form of alternative medicine based on a belief in vital-ism, which posits that a special energy called vital energy or vital force guides bodily processes such as metabolism, reproduction, growth, and adaptation. Naturopathic philosophy favors a holistic approach, and, like conventional medicine seeks to find the least invasive measures necessary for symptom improvement or resolution, thus encouraging minimal use of surgery and unnecessary drugs.

Parliamentary Secretary of Health Colin Carrie today announced changes to the classification of ten naturally sourced ingredients making them eligible for inclusion in natural health products.

The 10 ingredients include minerals, oils and salts which are used in traditional medicine and in Western natural health product formulations to maintain and improve health. These ingredients had previously been restricted to products available by prescription.

"Our government recognizes that Canadians want to be able to choose from a wide range of safe and effective health products, and manufacturers want to meet that need." said Parliamentary Secretary Carrie. "With this change - the number and variety of available natural health products will continue to grow - and consumers can continue to have confidence in the authorized products they choose."

More than 50,000 natural health products are already authorized for sale in Canada.

With this change in classification, the following ten ingredients will no longer be restricted to prescription products only and will become eligible, under certain conditions, for authorization under the Natural Health Products Regulations.

  • Oil of apiol
  • Levocarnitine
  • L-Tryptophan
  • Centella asiatica
  • Gold and its salts
  • Uracil and its salts
  • Dimethyl Sulfoxide
  • Deanol and its salts
  • Dopamine and its salts
  • Theobromine and its salts

Health Canada has reviewed evidence indicating that these medicinal ingredients are suitable for use without a prescription.

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