Frequently Asked Questions.
- How much does it cost to see a Naturopathic doctor? [ top ]
Are Naturopathic visits covered by OHIP or insurance? [ top ]
- Costs can vary between different naturopathic offices. Please feel free to contact your practitioner of choice for further details.
What does a Naturopathic Doctor do? [ top ]
How qualified are Naturopathic Doctors? [ top ]
- In Ontario, OHIP does not cover naturopathic visits, but many private health insurance plans (e.g. through your employer or school benefits plan) provide coverage for naturopathic visits as well as acupuncture treatments. Insurance plans typically provide coverage for naturopathy practiced by a licensed Naturopathic practitioner. Contact your health insurer to find out what services are covered for you, and how much coverage you have per year. If you do not have coverage, we can create a treatment plan that takes your budget into consideration.
Can Naturopathic Medicine treat my condition? [ top ]
- Registered naturopathic doctors have at least 7 years of post-secondary education - 3+ years in a recognized university & 4 years at one of 5 accredited naturopathic teaching institution in North America (CCNM is the only one in Canada). Candidates for licensure must then pass rigorous medical & ethical licensing exams that are set by medical regulatory boards.
- Click to read more about Naturopathic Qualifications.
What can I expect on a Naturopathic visit? [ top ]
- Yes... but No. Naturopathic medicine is about treating people, not conditions. Naturopaths take the time to get to know their patients, and to understand what the root cause is behind the illness. Then we determine what combination of treatments work best to help your body repair itself or maintain a healthy state (disease prevention).
- Click to see a list of commonly treated diseases & health concerns.
How are Naturopaths different from my medical doctor (MD)? [ top ]
Do Naturopathic doctors prescribe drugs or use surgery? [ top ]
- The first visit is about gathering information, and will last approximately 1 hour. You will be asked to fill out intake forms, and provide details about your current & past health concerns. A general physical exam may be performed, including examination of your tongue and pulses (Chinese medical form of diagnosis). Lab testing may be asked of you in order to complete your health assessment; if you already have lab results, please bring them in to your first visit. These details are required in order to fully understand everything about you and your health. Subsequent visits are 30-45 minutes long, and treatments usually start on the second visit. The number and frequency of subsequent visits depend on the severity of your condition, how long you have had it, and how quickly your body responds to the therapies. Follow-up visits are very important in order for your doctor to monitor your progress.
How do Naturopathic doctors differ from homeopaths? [ top ]
- The naturopathic philosophy is based on using natural therapies to stimulate the body's own healing response. In cases when drugs & major surgery are required, patients are referred to medical doctors. Patients undergoing surgery or on prescription medication can benefit from concurrent naturopathic treatment. In Canada, naturopaths registered in British Columbia are licensed to perform minor surgery. In the USA, naturopaths are able to prescribe some medication, such as antibiotics.
- Naturopaths are trained in homeopathy, but we are also trained in many other modalities, such as acupuncture, Asian medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle counseling, Reiki (energy healing). Our goals, as naturopaths, are to address the whole person, treat each patient as an individual, and treat the root cause of their concerns. Naturopathy is therefore a branch of medicine that includes homeopathy as part of a holistic approach to health.
- Click for more about homeopathy.
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