Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine? naturopathic medicine book

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease (Tolle Causum). Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.

Naturopathic doctors begin with the principle of Hippocrates – Primum non nocere (firstly, do no harm). They utilize diagnostic and therapeutic methods as well as medicinal substances that pose the least risk of harm to the patient. In recognition of the healing power of nature active within the patient (known as the vis medicatrix naturae), naturopathic doctors strive to assist the intrinsic healing ability of the body in its efforts to restore and maintain a dynamic healthy person.

Because practitioners favour a patient-centred form of care, naturopathic doctors educate their patients so that these patients are better informed and able to exercise ultimate control over and responsibility for their own health. As a further extension of this principle of doctor as teacher (docere), practitioners emphasize the prevention of disease and the promotion of health in partnership with their patients by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by promoting healthy lifestyles and communities.

Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, may also be used during treatments.


How are Naturopathic Doctors Regulated and Trained?

In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, participation in many federal health committee initiatives, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research.

Naturopathic Doctors receive four years of specialized post-graduate medical training at an accredited institution, and must pass two sets of Clinical Licensing Examinations.

Naturopathic Doctors are currently regulated in Canada under the Drugless Therapy Act, and registered by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy.


What can I expect in Naturopathic Appointments?

The first visit with me takes between 60-90 minutes.  It’s the longest because we need to get detailed information about your present state of health & health concerns, your medical history, lifestyle practices, diet, and so on.  I usually perform a complaint-oriented physical exam in the first visit as well. If there are further diagnostic reports I require in order to treat you safely and effectively, we discuss these during our initial meeting as well.  Learn more about the diagnostic testing I offer here.

At the end of our first meeting, I will communicate to you my initial thoughts about why you are experiencing what you are, and lay out a plan to getting better.  Between the first and second visit, I may need to do a bit more homework and research to get the specifics in-line, but our road map to wellness is laid out in the beginning!

Follow-up visits are 30-60 minutes in length, depending on your concerns and the type of treatment we have determined.  Follow-ups allow me to keep track of your  journey – the progress you are making, and more importantly, give you the continual support and space to ask questions and continue learning about your healing journey.


How much do visits Cost?

The price of naturopathic consults is a little different depending on my practice location – please contact myself directly, or either of the excellent clinics I practice at for a breakdown of fees.

Keep in mind, many extended benefits plans will offer coverage for Naturopathic Visits – just check with your provider for specifics.  You will be issued an official detailed receipt of all services provided after each Naturopathic Visit, which can then be submitted to your insurance for reimbursement.


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