Naturopathic Medicine

Ottawa naturopathic doctors

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

What type of training do N.D.’s receive?

How do I know that my Naturopathic Doctor is a qualified health practitioner?

Philosophy of care

Why should I see a naturopathic doctor?

What can I expect from my 1st visit?

What if I already have a family M.D.?

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

What type of conditions do you treat?

Are naturopathic doctors regulated in Ontario?

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary health care that addresses the root cause of disease. Naturopathic Doctors promote health and healing using natural and gentle therapies.

The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the underlying cause of an illness rather than suppressing symptoms. While naturopathic care helps to alleviate symptoms, Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) are primarily concerned with the “why” of a disease rather than the “what.” This unique approach allows the body to achieve and maintain an optimal state of health Naturopathic doctors are highly educated primary care practitioners who integrate standard medical
diagnostics with natural therapies. In Ontario, N.D.’s are only one of a few professions who are licensed to diagnose and treat disease, along with medical doctors and chiropractors. Also, naturopathic doctors are the only regulated health professionals in the field of natural medicine in Ontario.

Naturopathic doctors work in partnership with other health care providers such as medical doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and massage therapists to provide you with the highest quality of health care possible.

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What type of training do N.D.’s receive?

Naturopathic doctors have a minimum of seven years post-secondary education. N.D.s are required to complete three years of pre-med university education followed by four years at an approved college of naturopathic medicine.

Following graduation from the naturopathic program, candidates must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario.

After becoming licensed, Naturopathic Doctors must complete continuing education courses in the fields of Pharmacology, Herbal Medicine, Ethics and Jurisprudence, Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nutritional Medicine, Physical Therapies, Lifestyle Modification and Counselling, and Spinal Manipulation

How do I know that my Naturopathic Doctor is a qualified health practitioner?

Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.’s) are the only practitioners trained and licensed to practice natural medicine in Ontario. Be wary of people falsely claiming to have the training and expertise of a naturopathic doctor such as DNM (doctor of natural (medicine) or naturotherapists. To be registered as an N.D. in Ontario, they must complete four years off ulltime naturopathic medicine education, of which there is only one school in Canada (The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine).Please note that naturopathic medicine is not regulated in Quebec. Therefore there are no standards of practice for “natural therapists” in Quebec. If you are looking for a qualified and licensed N.D. in your area, please visit http://www.cand.ca/ Protect your health and don’t be shy to ask about your health practitioner’s qualifications; you have a right to know.

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Philosophy of care

The following principles guide naturopathic doctors (NDs) and govern the practice of naturopathic
medicine.

First Do No Harm

  • Use of methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects;
  • Use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
  • Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppressing of symptoms; and
  • Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual self-healing process.

Identify and Treat the Cause

In addition to alleviating acute and chronic symptoms of disease, NDs seek to identify and remove
underlying causes of illness. Rather than merely eliminating or suppressing symptoms, this approach
moves the body toward maintaining an optimal state of health.

Doctor as Teacher

NDs work collaboratively with patients by sharing knowledge and information to create a successful
treatment plan. Patients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own optimal health.

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Treat the Whole Person

In addition to addressing specific complaints or symptoms, NDs 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

NDs 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. NDs work to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery and to facilitate this natural self-healing process.

Why should I see a naturopathic doctor?

  • To manage an acute or chronic condition without drugs or surgery
  • To find out the cause of your health concerns
  • To empower yourself and take responsibility for your health
  • To prevent chronic illness such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease
  • To work with a health practitioner who listens and cares

What can I expect from my 1st visit?

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Your first visit will last anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours and will be spent going over your health concerns and will include a relevant physical exam if time permits. During this initial consultation, we will collect the information required to make an assessment of your situation.

We may recommend certain diagnostic tests in order to gain a better understanding of your health status. A urinalysis is included in all initial visits. In most cases, a second follow-up visit will be scheduled and will take 45 -60 minutes to complete. This visit will be used to complete the physical exam, to discuss the results of your test(s) and to implement a treatment plan.

Your treatment plan may include any combination of dietary recommendations, lifestyle changes, herbs, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathic remedies, or nutritional supplements. Subsequent visits will be booked, as necessary, to review your progress and make appropriate changes to your program. Follow-up visits are usually scheduled for 30-45 minutes.

What if I already have a family M.D.?

Our team supports the safe integration of conventional medicine with naturopathic medicine and is committed to working with medical doctors in the Ottawa region.

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

Visits to an ND are not covered by OHIP. However, most extended health insurance plans do cover the cost of seeing an ND. Please check your policy to see whether you are covered for naturopathic medicine. Official receipts will be issued at the end of each visit so that you may be reimbursed directly by your insurance company. Payment for appointments is required at the end of each visit by cash, cheque, debit, Visa or Mastercard. There is a $35.00 charge for all returned cheques.

What type of conditions do you treat?

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Naturopathic doctors see the same range of conditions as family
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  • Allergies
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Asthmasthma
  • Autismutism
  • Autoimmune Conditionstions
  • Back pain pain
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Coughs and Colds
  • Depression
  • Detoxification
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Complaints
  • Eating Disorders
  • Eczema
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Fibroids
  • Fibromylagia
  • Fractures
  • Gynecological Conditions
  • GERD
  • Headaches
  • Hearing Complaints
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Infertility
  • Influenza
  • Injuries
  • Joint Complaints
  • Liver Disease
  • Lupus
  • Medication Side Effects
  • Menopause
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nephritis
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain (chronic and acute)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • PMS
  • Pregnancy related complaints
  • Prostate Enlargement
  • Rashes
  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Skin Conditions
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Surgical Preparation
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Urinary Complaints
  • Visual Complaints
  • Weight management

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

Visits to an ND are not covered by OHIP. However, most extended health insurance plans do cover the cost of seeing an ND. Please check your policy to see whether you are covered for naturopathic medicine. Official receipts will be issued at the end of each visit so that you may be reimbursed directly by your insurance company. Payment for appointments is required at the end of each visit by cash, cheque, debit, Visa or Mastercard. There is a $35.00 charge for all returned cheques.

Are naturopathic doctors regulated in Ontario?

Naturopathic doctors are the only health professionals regulated in the field of natural medicine in Ontario. They are regulated under the Drugless Practitioners Act by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (BDDT-N). The BDDTN functions to ensure that naturopathic doctors are properly qualified to practice naturopathic medicine, and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice. For more information, please visit http://www.boardofnaturopathicmedicine.on.ca