Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary healthcare integrating standard medical diagnostics with complementary and alternative therapies. Working with a naturopathic doctor allows you to safely tap into the healing power of nature and treat the root cause of your bothersome symptoms.
In order to treat the whole person a naturopathic doctor conducts a thorough assessment that considers how diet, lifestyle, the environment, personal relationships, mental-emotional and spiritual factors influence your health and wellbeing. Your first visit and subsequent visits last much longer than typical visits to a family doctor.
Treatment is aimed at correcting the underlying cause of your concerns rather than masking disease symptoms. Naturopathic therapies are generally safe and non-invasive. Treatment is tailored to the individual and includes a combination of clinical nutrition, lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplementation, herbal/botanical medicine, mind-body medicine and acupuncture.
Naturopathic medicine complements conventional healthcare. Working with a naturopathic doctor does not interfere with the care you’re receiving from your family doctor or specialist. In fact, naturopathic therapies can decrease the side effects of conventional treatments, allowing one to tolerate and continue care. Working with a naturopathic doctor ensures that you can safely and appropriately incorporate natural therapies into your healthcare.
A naturopathic doctor (ND) receives a minimum seven years of post-secondary education with training and licensing similar to that of a family doctor. Naturopathic medicine is a regulated healthcare profession in Ontario.
Naturopathic services are not covered by OHIP but are covered by most extended health benefits, just like chiropractic, massage therapy, optometry and dentistry. When you see a licensed naturopathic doctor, you’ll receive official receipts that can be submitted to your provider for coverage.