Naturopathic Medicine

WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?


Naturopathic medicine is a unique and comprehensive natural approach to health and healing. Its primary goal is to address the cause of illness rather than to simply treat or suppress symptoms.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) understand that no two persons are alike; therefore treatment plans are specifically tailored to each individual's needs. Recognizing the integrity of the whole person, NDs take the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions into account when diagnosing and developing the treatment plan.


What Treatment Options are available?

Nutritional Support and dietary recommendations- provide the body with the needed building blocks to sustain health and aid healing.

Nutritional supplementation- to address deficiencies and assists the body in eliminating toxins, stimulate healing or address specific health concerns.

Botanical medicine- using herbal teas, tinctures or capsules as an alternative to drugs for treating specific health concerns and aiding the body in recovering form injury or disease

Homeopathy- energy based system of medicine that stimulates the healing process in the body on all levels.

Asian Medicine- includes the use of acupuncture, eastern herbs and dietary changes to eliminate disease and balance body function.

CAN NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS TREAT ___________?


Yes. NDs are primary health care practitioners, which means that they can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including both acute concerns and chronic health conditions. In the event that an ND is unable to treat your condition, they will refer appropriately.

Examples of diseases that naturopathic medicine is effective in treating:

  • Allergies & Environmental Sensitivities
  • Arthritis, Chronic Pain
  • Digestive Disorders, Constipation, IBS
  • Skin Disorders (Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne)
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), High Cholesterol
  • Heart Problems
  • Diabetes, Insulin Resistance
  • Immune Disorders
  • Colds, Flu, Sinusitis, Tonsillitis
  • Ear and Throat Infections
  • Menopausal Problems
  • PMS, Menstrual Disorders
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Insomnia
  • Detoxification
  • Weight Management
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What can I expect from an appointment with the Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic doctors are well-known for the amount of quality time they spend with each patient. The initial visit is approximately 1 hour long which includes an extensive health history and a discussion of your present concerns. The second visit is approximately 45 minutes. A complete physical exam is performed and the treatment plan is outlined. Relevant laboratory studies ore other diagnostic tests may be requested to assist in the evaluation of patients. Subsequent appointments vary from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on treatment modalities.

What lab test/services are offered by the naturopathic doctor?

Lab Services

Salivary Hormone Testing - Saliva hormone testing may reveal hormone imbalances that contribute to chronic health problems or hormone conditions, such as thyroid or adrenal gland dysfunction, diabetes.

Allergy Testing - specific blood test that measures IgG or IgE for general food sensitivities

Hair Mineral Analysis - to help determine your body's status of heavy metals and minerals.

Urinary tests - inexpensive method of screening for potential imbalances in gut flora, free radical activity, adrenal hormones, and for measuring levels of bowel toxicity.

Healthy Living Programs

Detoxification Program:

This medically supervised detoxification program is divided into three stages: removal of toxins and waste products from the body, stabilization of body systems and restoration health. After this comprehensive program, your body and mind will be completely revitalized.

Healthy Heart Program:

The naturopathic doctor will assess your risk for cardiovascular disease and develop an individualized plan to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and/or any other problems that may affect heart function.

Cancer Recovery Program

This program is designed to not only treats side effects of cancer treatment but restores your body's overall health. A cancer survivor does not need to tough it out. Symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, poor digestion, weight loss and fatigue can be relieved with naturopathic care.

Can I use Naturopathic Medicine if I'm on prescription medication?


Yes. Licensed naturopathic doctors have training in pharmacology and drug-nutrient-herb interactions. Naturopathic doctors can also help you manage the side effects of medication.

Does health insurance cover Naturopathic Medicine?

Most private insurance plans cover Naturopathic treatments. Insured patients are encouraged to contact their employer or insurance provider to determine the level of coverage provided. OHIP does not currently cover naturopathic services.