Get answers to your most frequently asked questions here. Learn more about naturopathy, what type of conditions we treat and more.
Naturopathic Medicine is a system of primary healthcare that integrates modern medical science and diagnostics with natural therapies to provide safe, effective, and less invasive treatment with minimal side effects. It addresses not only the physical aspect of health, but the mind and body connection as well. Naturopathic Medicine is centered on identifying and treating the root cause of a disease, as opposed to the symptoms, while simultaneously promoting disease prevention. The various modalities or treatment methods used in Naturopathic Medicine include Traditional Chinese Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Nutrition, Lifestyle Counselling, Physical Medicine, and Homeopathy.
Naturopathic Medicine can treat a wide range of conditions whether acute or chronic. Note, Naturopathic Doctors will refer patients during a medical emergency or for conditions that require surgical intervention. To find out more about what conditions can be treated with Naturopathic Medicine, visit the ‘Conditions Treated’ page.
Naturopathic Doctors undergo four years of intense medical training in biomedical sciences such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, as well as natural therapies including Botanical Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Homeopathy to name a few. ND candidates must complete a three or four-year Bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution prior to entering the program for Naturopathic Medicine. The program involves more than 1, 200 hours of clinical experience as well as more than 3, 000 hours of classroom training. Naturopathic Doctors are also required to pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX) offered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) in order to practice in most regulated provinces in Canada.
Although Naturopathic Medicine is not covered by OHIP, most extended healthcare plans provided by place of employment cover either a portion or total cost of a Naturopathic visit. Contact your Insurance provider to find out what coverage you are entitled to.
Yes! Naturopathic Medicine is often referred to as Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and can be used in conjunction with (complimentary), or in place of (alternative) conventional medicine. In some cases, Naturopathic Medicine can work synergistically with conventional medicine to enhance and facilitate the treatment process. Naturopathic Doctors will work closely and diligently with you to assess and determine any interactions or contraindications with the medications that you are currently taking, prior to recommending any natural remedies.
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