What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a unique primary Health care that focuses on disease prevention, patient education, health maintenance, diagnosis of diseases and treatment, using natural substances and therapies. NDs address the cause of the disease, rather than the symptoms, to balance and restore optimal health.
What type of training does a ND receive?
Naturopathic Doctors are very well trained, registered practitioners. Their education includes at least three years of premedical studies at the university, followed by four years of intensive training at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Primary therapies used by NDs Clinical Nutrition
Emphasizes on proper digestion and consumption of healing foods. Detoxification diets will be recommended in order to restore the body’s natural ability to clear toxins and at the same time to provide proper nourishment for the immune system. Botanical Medicine Specific herbs are used to help the body to detoxify and to strengthen organs of detoxification such as kidneys, liver and lungs.
Homeopathic medicine is based on the principle “like cures like”. Diluted, minute substances (previously proven on healthy individuals) are given to stimulate the body’s own ability to heal.
Gentle therapies such as: hydrotherapy, massage, soft tissue manipulations, craniosacral therapy and Bowen therapy play essential role in treatment protocols prescribed for patients in addition to homeopathy, botanical medicine and nutrition.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Needle insertion in specific acupuncture points along energetic pathways called meridians, clears congestion and alleviates pain. Acupuncture is used in many chronic and acute diseases.
Mental/emotional and spiritual well-being is as important as physical well-being. Stress management programs which use homeopathy, proper nutrition, lifestyle changes and counseling, help to restore and stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities.
Does OHIP cover visits to a ND?
In Ontario, NDs fees are not covered by OHIP. However, many private health plans do cover portion of naturopathic care. If your employer or union does not include naturopathic medicine as a benefit, request coverage.
What kind of health problems can be treated by NDs?
All chronic and most acute conditions may benefit from naturopathic care. People of all ages can be treated. The most common conditions brought to NDs include:
- Allergies and Environmental Sensitivities
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Migraine Headaches
Are NDs licensed or regulated in Ontario?
Yes. Graduates of Naturopathic College must write and pass North American Standardized Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examination. ND’s are regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. This is a government appointed body that decides who can be registered as a ND.