1. What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care system that mixes modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the root cause of the illness rather than suppressing symptoms. Naturopathic Doctors create individualized treatments based on the patient’s physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environmental and lifestyle factors.
2. What treatments do Naturopathic Doctors use?
Naturopathic Doctors implement diet and lifestyle changes as well as using natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, physical medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture.
3. What is the training behind Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Doctors have at least three years of pre-medical sciences from a University. They have successfully completed the four year full time program at an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine that includes more than 4500 hours of classroom training and 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience. Naturopathic Doctors have passed two sets of board exams (NPLEX) that are written after second and fourth year. NPLEX is a standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for Naturopathic Doctors in North America. After graduation, NDs need to meet the continuing education requirements as required by the Ontario regulatory board, the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy.
4. Are NDs covered under OHIP?
ND visits are NOT covered by OHIP. However, most extended health care plans do cover the cost of seeing an ND. It is important to check with your extended health care plan to determine the amount of your naturopathic coverage.
5. What can I expect from the first visit?
Your first visit is one hour and a half in length. You will be asked to fill out an intake form prior to the first visit and an extensive patient history will be taken from your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. A complaint-oriented physical exam is performed as well if appropriate. Your ND will then propose a personalized treatment plan and may request that certain labs are completed. Follow up visits range from 20 minutes and one hour depending on the case and treatment.
6. Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated in Ontario?
Naturopathic Doctors are the only regulated health professionals in the field of natural medicine. Naturopathic Doctors are regulated in Ontario under the 1925 Drugless Therapy Act and are licensed by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDT-N). The BDDT-N ensures that NDs are properly qualified to practice Naturopathic Medicine.
Ontario’s new Naturopathic Act received final approval in June 2007 and will come into effect shortly. The Naturopathy Act will move the regulation of Naturopathic Doctors to the Regulated Health Professions Act, joining all other regulated health professions.
7. What kind of health concerns are treated by naturopathic medicine?
There are many conditions that can receive benefit from naturopathic medicine, from acute to chronic illness. Some of the conditions are listed below:
- Back Pain
- Cancer Prevention/Treatment
- Colds and Flu
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Food Intolerances
- General Fatigue
- High Cholesterol
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Joint Pain
- Memory Loss
- Menstrual Problems (PMS, Pain, Irregular cycle)
- Pregnancy related concerns
- Sports Injuries
- Stress Management
- Thyroid Diseases
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Weight Management