Naturopathic Medicine FAQ
When to consider seeing a naturopath?
Most health concerns that are treated by your family doctor can also be treated by a Naturopathic Doctor. Some common examples include, cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis), diabetes, digestive disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), skin disorders (eczema, psoriasis, etc), headaches, weight loss and obesity, colds and flu, fatigue, etc.
To find out if Naturopathic Medicine is appropriate for you, please call the office for a free 20 minute consult.
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP)?
While visits with a Naturopath are currently not covered by OHIP, the majority of extended health insurance packages provide coverage. You can contact your health insurance provider to determine what coverage you have.
Is Naturopathic Medicine regulated in the province of Ontario?
Yes, Naturopathic practices are regulated by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy. This means that standards have been set for the both the training and ongoing care that Naturopathic Doctors provide. While Naturopathic practices are regulated in Ontario, it is important to note that Naturopathic practices are not regulated in Quebec. This means that in Quebec, anyone is free to call themselves a Naturopathic Doctor – without needing the proper training or the adherence to standards or professional practice.
Is Naturopathic Medicine the same as Homeopathy?
No, they are not the same. While Naturopathic Doctors do receive training in homeopathy there are many differences, which include:
Regulation: Naturopathic Doctors and their practice are regulated by the province of Ontario. Homeopaths are not a regulated health profession.
Education and Training: To become a Naturopathic Doctor, a minimum of three years Pre-Medical background is required from a recognized University. This is followed by four years of full-time study at an accredited Naturopathic College. Homeopaths are not required to have an undergraduate degree for entrance into their training. In addition, as homeopaths are not a regulated health profession, formal training is not required.
Scope of practice: Training obtained through accredited Naturopathic Colleges and provincial regulation allow Naturopathic Doctors to practice Clinical Nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine, Lifestyle Counselling, Homeopathy, Naturopathic Manipulation, and allows us to perform physical examinations. Homeopaths are limited to practice homeopathy.
Does Naturopathic Medicine have scientific support?
Yes, the practice of Naturopathic Medicine relies on both empirical evidence and modern scientific research. The scientific basis of Naturopathic practice is growing, with toxicological evidence and randomized clinical trials showing that treatments are safe and effective.
Are all natural therapies safe?
No, not all natural therapies are safe for all people. Certain diets, supplements and forms of exercise are not safe or appropriate for individuals depending on health concerns or on the current use of certain medications.
Does a Naturopathic Doctor work with Medical Doctors?
Yes, our Naturopath frequently collaborate with medical doctors to determine the best approach for care of our patients.