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Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

  • Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct system of primary care medicine that addresses the root cause of illness or disease, and promotes health and healing using natural therapies.
  • The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of an illness rather than simply treating or suppressing symptoms. While naturopathic care helps to alleviate specific symptoms, naturopathic doctors (ND's) are primarily concerned with addressing the root cause of an illness; the focus is more on the "why" of a disease than the "what".

Naturopathic Doctors

Naturopathic doctors are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. They work in partnership with other regulated healthcare providers to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible. ND's are the only regulated health professionals in the field of natural medicine in Ontario. Registration requirements for an ND in Ontario requires extensive training, comparable to that of conventional medical doctors. More

Guiding Principles of Naturopathic Doctors

  • First Do No Harm
  • Act in Co-operation with the Healing Power of Nature
  • Address the Fundamental Causes of Disease
  • Heal the Whole Person
  • Teach the Principles of Healthy Living and Preventative Medicine

How is Naturopathic Medicine Different?

Naturopathic medicine offers a customized approach to health care, where treatment plans are tailored to suit individual patients.

  • Identify and Treat the Cause
    In addition to alleviating acute and chronic symptoms of disease, ND’s seek to identify and remove underlying causes of illness. Rather than suppressing symptoms, this approach moves the body toward maintaining an optimal state of health.
  • Doctor As Teacher
    ND's work collaboratively with patients by sharing knowledge and information to create a successful treatment plan. Patients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own health.
  • Treat the Whole Person
    In addition to addressing specific complaints or symptoms, ND's look at the "whole picture". The physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors contributing to the health of each individual patient are thoroughly considered.
  • Emphasize Prevention
    ND's emphasize prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity, and susceptibility to disease in each patient. Appropriate interventions can then be made in partnership with patients to prevent illness.
  • Support the Healing Power of the Body
    The practice of naturopathic medicine recognizes an ordered and intelligent self-healing process that is inherent to every individual. ND's work to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery and to facilitate this natural self-healing process.

How do I pay for a visit to a naturopathic doctor?

Visits to an ND in Ontario are not currently covered by OHIP. Most extended health care plans do cover the cost of seeing an ND. It is important to check with your extended health care provider to determine the amount of your naturopathic coverage. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Debit as forms of payment. All fees are due and payable at the time of your visit. We do not offer credit or payment plans.

Are naturopathic doctors regulated in Ontario?

Naturopathic doctors are the only regulated health professionals in the field of natural medicine in Ontario. ND’s are regulated in Ontario under the 1925 Drugless Therapy Act and are registered (licensed) by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDT-N). The BDDT-N functions to ensure that ND’s are properly qualified to practice naturopathic medicine and that they follow appropriate standards of practice.

How Can I Tell if Someone is Qualified as a Naturopathic Doctor?

In Ontario, the public can contact the BDDT-N at 416-866-8383 or www.boardofnaturopathicmedicine.on.ca to verify that an ND is registered to practice in the province. The BDDT-N is the regulatory body that registers ND’s to practice in Ontario.

 

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