Frequently Asked Questions

How are Naturopathic Doctors trained?

Naturopathic Doctors obtain comprehensive training involving a minimum of three years of pre-medical university education, in addition to four years of full-time study at one of six accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America. The program incorporates over 4,500 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and Naturopathic therapies, as well as 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive the designation Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND). Following the completion of their program, NDs must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for registration.

Is Naturopathic Medicine scientific?

Yes. Many Naturopathic therapies are supported by solid clinical study as well as decades of positive clinical results.

Is Naturopathy the same as Homeopathy?

No. Homeopathy is one of several treatment therapies that may be used by an ND.

Naturopathic Doctors are also trained to care for patients using clinical nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and lifestyle counselling. By contrast, a homeopath is an individual who has been trained solely in the discipline of homeopathy. While a homeopath would prescribe a homeopathic remedy, an ND would use any of the approaches listed above in their treatments.

Do I continue the drugs prescribed by my medical doctor?

Yes. It is important to continue your visits with your family doctor. During your course of treatment with Naturopathic Medicine, you may find that your need for prescription drugs will lessen. It is also important to consult a Naturopathic Doctor if you plan to begin any natural supplements while on prescription medications as they are appropriately trained in the area of drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions.

What kinds of conditions can be treated by Naturopathic Medicine?

NDs treat a wide variety of medical conditions including but not limited to:

  • digestive concerns

  • fatigue

  • infertility

  • pre & postnatal care

  • adrenal issues

  • diabetes

  • arthritis

  • fibromyalgia

  • high blood pressure & high cholesterol

  • acid reflux / heartburn

  • women’s health issues such as menopause & PMS

  • urinary tract infections

  • HPV & dysplasia

  • skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis, acne

  • hypothyroidism

  • allergies

  • mental and emotional stress

  • weight management

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • insomnia

  • pain management

What can I expect when I visit a Naturopathic Doctor?

An initial visit with your ND is 75 minutes long. The goal of Naturopathic Medicine is to provide individualized care; therefore your ND must spend time getting to know you. This visit allows for a detailed understanding of your current and past health history, concerns, goals and any relevant physical examination. Please remember to have the intake form completed and ready at your first visit. If possible, please bring any current medical records with you (blood work or other test results). Following this visit, your ND will research and review your case in order to develop a personalized treatment plan prior to your next visit. Subsequent visits are scheduled to monitor progress and re-evaluate the treatment plan, as necessary.

How long will it take to achieve results?

Achieving your health goals requires patience and commitment to the treatment plan as outlined by your ND. Many illnesses develop over a number of years, and as such, re-establishing a healthy balance in the body does not happen overnight. Some individuals will notice an almost immediate improvement, while for others it may take a couple of months before they notice significant changes.

Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by health insurance?

Most private/extended healthcare plans cover at least a portion of Naturopathic services. Check with your provider. Direct billing is available!





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