Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect on my first visit?
The first visit to a ND may take an hour or longer because it includes a comprehensive medical history, physical examination, possible laboratory tets, and discussions about nutrition, lifestyle, emotions, exercise, stress, and other significant health factors. Your particular concerns will also be discussed. At the end of the visit, your ND will discuss treatment options, and develop an individualized course of therapy that is focused on addressing your health concerns.
Why would I visit a naturopathic doctor?
There are many reasons to visit. Here are a few:
- To address symptoms you do not wish to have controlled with pharmaceuticals, or have not been effectively controlled by pharmaceuticals
- To support a healthy lifestyle
- To gather information and make an informed decision about your own health
- To check if the supplements you are taking are right for you
Is naturopathic medicine safe?
Yes. Safety records are monitored by state review boards. NDs most often use gentle therapies with low risk for side effects. A core principle of naturopathic medicine is to "first do no harm".
How are naturopathic doctors trained? Are they licensed?
Naturopathic doctors must attend an accredited college that offers a 4 year post university program, which includes over 1200 hours of clinica experience and more than 3000 hours of classroom training. Biomedical science, clinical science, and naturopathic therapeutics are the three major study areas. To be licensed in Ontario by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), an ND must pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX) offered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).
Is naturopathic medicine cost effective?
Yes. Because NDs utilize a preventative approach that reduces the incidence of high-cost chronic conditions, naturopathic medicine reduces long-term health care costs.
What happens if I'm under the care of a Medical Doctor and am being treated by them?
We will work alongside your goals to integrate your naturopathic treatment with your current treatment. Your healthcare should involve a team of experts focused on achieving your best health.
Are you able to order bloodwork?
Yes, naturopathic doctors are able to requisition bloodwork, however, while some tests are covered by OHIP most must be paid for by the patient.
Are you covered by OHIP? Do you take insurance?
No, naturopathic visits are not covered by OHIP.
Are homeopaths and naturopaths the same thing?
No. Naturopathic doctors are primary care physicians and general practitioners of natural medicine. Depending on a patient's health needs, an ND may include homeopathy in an individualized treatment plan, but it is only one of the main treatment methods NDs are trained to use. Homeopaths are trained solely in homeopathy and are not licensed to perform diagnostic tests or exams.