What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive, prevention-based, and natural approach to improving health and treating illness. The primary goal of naturopathic medicine is to address the causes of illness, rather than simply treat or suppress symptoms. Naturopathic doctors see the patient as a whole person and recognize that disease is not always isolated to a physical cause. Thus, NDs consider the emotional, mental and physical aspects of a person when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.

1Who would see a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?
Consult a Naturopathic Doctor with any condition you would consider visiting your Medical Doctor for. ND's are knowledgeable about contraindications between naturopathic remedies and conventional medicines.
2What can I expect on my first visit?
First visits with a Naturopathic Doctor average one hour or more in length. The goal of a Naturopathic Doctor is to understand the patient and the factors that impact their life. The patients physical, mental, and emotional health is considered and a physical exam will be performed on either the first or second visit with emphasis on the patient's concerns. The Naturopathic Doctor may then suggest further specialized testing. With the patient's input, a personalized treatment plan will be proposed to help facilitate achieving their health goals. Treatment plans may include making changes to your diet, implementing more movement into your day, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, or supplementation with herbal remedies, vitamins, minerals, or homeopathics.
3What types of treatment do Naturopathic Doctors use?
  • Acupuncture / Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Homeopathy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Lifestyle Counseling
  • Physical Medicine
4What kind of training do Naturopathic Doctors have?
ND's have at least three years of pre-medical education followed by an intensive four year full time program at an accredited Naturopathic College. Each graduate achieves a Diploma as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
5How are Naturopathic Doctors regulated?
Naturopathic Doctors are regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), and are part of the Regulated Health Practitioners Act (RHPA), which regulates over 25 other health professions in the province, including physicians and nurses. Although ND's have a thorough understanding of pharmaceutical drugs, they are not regulated to prescribe them. Instead, treatments include Nutritional counselling, Botanical Medicine, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, and Lifestyle modifications.
6Is Naturopathic Medicine covered under OHIP?
No, but Naturopathic Medicine is covered under most work and private health insurance plans.
7How is acupuncture covered under extended health care (EHC)?
As of April 1, 2013 a new regulatory body was created for Traditional Chinese Medical Doctors and Acupuncturists. This affects how patients will be reimbursed for their acupuncture treatment with our naturopaths. Patients can submit their acupuncture under Naturopathic Coverage in their EHC.
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