What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine employs the use of medical research along with natural and traditional practices to treat and promote wellness. The goal of the Naturopathic Medicine is to empower patients while educating them about maintaining a healthy body and mind. Naturopathic Doctors use wide array of diagnostic tests and therapies to treat the root cause of the disease and improve the health of the person.
Naturopathic Medicine is regulated in Ontario. Naturopathic Doctors complete an intensive 4 year post-graduate program at an accredited Naturopathic school. Prior to entering practice, Naturopathic Doctors are required to write and pass a series of board exams.
What treatments do Naturopathic Doctors use?
Naturopathic treatments are effectively used, on their own or to complement conventional medicine.
• Herbs: These are derived from plants and can be prescribed in the form of teas, tinctures, and ointments.
• Diet and Lifestyle counselling: Any necessary changes to diet, habits and behaviours are made.
• Homeopathy: Highly diluted substances to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself.
• Nutritional supplementation: May be recommended if there are deficiencies in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids
• Traditional Chinese medicine (Acupuncture): It consists of using Chinese herbs and/or acupuncture. It can be used to treat various conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, headache, hormonal problems, and stress.
Any combination of these treatments that are safe and proven effective can be selected to make a detailed and individualized treatment plan.
What conditions do naturopathic doctors commonly treat?
Naturopathic doctors manage a variety of conditions including:
• High cholesterol and blood pressure
• Weight management
• Hormonal problems such as: acne, infertility, menstrual complaints (PMS and menopause)
• Thyroid problems
• Chronic pain management for example, arthritis
• Respiratory complaints such as: allergies, asthma, colds, and flu
It is important that you spend some time before the first appointment to fill out the intake forms (available online). If you have any copies of recent blood work or tests, please bring those in as well. The first visit may take approximately 60-90 minutes. An extensive patient history eliciting information about your physical, mental, and emotional health is taken and a focused physical exam is performed.
Call or email to book a free 15 minute consultation to learn how naturopathic medicine can benefit you.
1st visit (1 hour) - $150
Follow up visit (30 min) - $80
Most extended health care plans cover the cost of Naturopathic Doctor visits. Check with your extended health care provider today!
Adult Intake (Please fill out intake forms prior to your first visit)
Pediatric Intake (Please fill out intake forms prior to your first visit)Naturopathic Medicine Handout