What type of training do Naturopathic Doctors have?
After completing a 4 year undergraduate degree, Naturopathic Doctors undergo another 4 years of schooling. Training in the first 2 years is focused on medical and clinical sciences to help assess, diagnose and understand the human body. These years are very similar to the training of a medical student. The later years are focused on naturopathic modalities of botanical medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, nutrition and counselling. One year is spent in a medically supervised clinic seeing and treating patients. In order to obtain a license in Ontario, rigorous practical and written exams need to be completed over the course of the 4 years with great competence.
Is Naturopathic Medicine research based?
I always told my boyfriend who is studying to be a medical doctor, “herbs came first”. Pharmaceutical drugs were derived from the constituents of plants. Natural medicine was the very first form of medicine. Yes, most herbal and supplemental therapies have been studied and proven safe and effective. With more funding and interest in the area of alternative medicine, more research is being conducted. There has always been and still remains a focus on scientific examination of natural therapies which brings more credibility to the field and safe practices.
Can Naturopathic Doctors order lab tests?
Yes, Naturopaths can order any lab test your medical doctor would order however these are not covered by OHIP.
Do Naturopathic Doctors work with Medical Doctors?
Yes there has been great strides in joining alterative care with conventional medicine.
The Ottawa Integrative Cancer Care is one of the first integrative cancer care centres in Canada.
For the first time, a naturopathic clinic has been located in a Canadian hospital- The Bramptom Civic Hospital.
I myself, work with my patients doctors and refer to medical doctors when the need arises. This is the need and way of patient focused care.
Why should I spend money on Preventative Healthcare?
It is a known fact that prevention of disease decreased the costs associated with treating illness in the future. The healthcare model in Canada does not emphasize prevention of disease, rather treating illness once it arises. You must make an investment in your health.
Is the government recognizing the benefits of Naturopathic Medicine?
Definitely. The Naturopathic Board is doing all that they can to make Naturopathic Medicine widely accessible. In February 2014, Federal government exempted HST/GST on services provided by Naturopathic Doctors. This is a step in the right direction and we will continue to move foreword to better our healthcare.
Are Naturopathic Services covered by my Insurance Company?
Most extended health care providers cover naturopathic services; however, it is up to you to find out if you are and how much you are covered for. I always urge my patients to use their benefits and don’t let their insurance companies dictate how much money they can spend on their health.
What should I expect in my first visit with a Naturopath?
The First visit with a Naturopathic Doctor is 1 hour 15 min long. This is the “information gathering” session. Some of the information discussed relates to past medical history, lab reports, medications, supplementations, dietary habits, sleeping patterns, digestion, stress, energy, mood and with females- menstrual history, hormonal changes, pregnancies etc. If the Doctor needs to conduct extra testing it can be done at this time. The Doctor will perform an assessment and clinical diagnosis and commence treatment. This may include dietary changes, lifestyle suggestions, supplementation or herbal prescription. A review of your health goals and future planning of appointments and health care will be discussed.
Who can benefit from Naturopathic Care?
Everyone! The aim is to start as young as possible. The sooner we adopt healthier habits, the better off we are as a whole. You are never too old to seek naturopathic care. The goal is always to enhance quality of life and bring people to better understand their bodies and health for a better life.
What are the Costs?
The Initial Appointment is $300.
Follow Up Appointments:
15 minutes is $60
30 minutes is $100
45 minutes is $150
1 hour is $200
* no HST on Naturopathic Services