What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention through natural means like diet, exercise, stress reduction, herbal medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, manual therapies like massage, homeopathy and lifestyle counselling. It emphasizes a holistic, individualized approach to medicine that integrates traditional wisdom with current research. Naturopathic Medicine is a system of health care; for many it is also a philosophy and a way of life.
Naturopathic therapies support and stimulate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
What are Naturopathic Doctors?
Naturopathic doctors are medical professionals who have completed an undergraduate university degree, followed by 4 years of naturopathic medical school, and have then completed rigorous licensing exams in order to practice naturopathic medicine. Maintaining our naturopathic doctor license requires us to meet stringent standards and complete ongoing continuing education. Treatment by naturopathic doctors if often covered by extended health or employee benefits. In Ontario, we are regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Our regulatory body is the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).
Are Naturopathic Doctors Real Doctors?
We are real doctors in the sense that: we can perform a physical exam, order laboratory tests, take a thorough medical history, analyze your symptoms and convey to you a diagnosis. We can treat any medical condition. We are licensed to practice medicine and required to maintain high standards of practice and complete regular continuing education to maintain our license.
Is there any scientific basis for Naturopathic Medicine?
My doctors are stumped as to my condition, can Naturopathic Medicine help?
This is the type of patient that we often see: people who either didn’t respond well to conventional treatment, don’t want to take medications, want to manage their health more naturally, conditions for which there is no satisfactory medical treatment or conditions where the doctors are stumped who want a different approach. Our naturopathic doctors approach any health problem by determining what is going on with the patient’s physiology and how best to restore balance.
Can I combine Naturopathic Medicine with conventional treatment?
Absolutely. Our naturopathic doctors are well versed as to what natural treatments will work well with your conventional care and which ones may conflict and can advise you accordingly.
How much does it cost to see a naturopathic doctor and how many visits will I need?
These questions are answered here on our FAQ page.