|Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How are Naturopathic Doctors trained?
A. Naturopathic Doctors require a minimum of 3 years pre-medical undergraduate education. After obtaining this education they continue on for four years full time to obtain a doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. Naturopathic Doctors obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of medical doctors. The four year program incorporate basic medical sciences, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapies, as well as problem-based approaches to health issues and 1500 hours of supervised clinical internship.
Q. How are Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) licensed?
A. ND’s in Ontario are required to pass a North American licensing exam (NPLEx) and Ontario Board exams. NPLEx is the standard examination utilized by all regulated provinces and states within North America. They must register with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (BDDT-N). Once they obtain registration they are given a license number.
Q. Who can benefit from visiting a Naturopathic Doctor?
A. People of any age, with any health concerns can benefit from Naturopathic care. Naturopathic Doctors work with both adults and children to address both acute and chronic states. Patients may be healthy individuals looking to improve health or prevent future illnesses. Patients may also be those suffering from acute illnesses that want to seek out natural ways to alleviate their symptoms. OR patients may be those that have chronic illnesses that are seeking alternative or complementary approaches to their health.
Q. What can I expect on my first visit with a Naturopathic Doctor?
A. Naturopathic medicine is about becoming an active participant in your own health. Before your first visit you will be required to fill out a comprehensive intake form. The first consultation, lasting approximately one hour, includes a comprehensive intake in order to fully understand your health care concerns. This intake will include a health history, diet, lifestyle assessment, family history etc. The first visit is important in order to assess and develop an individualized treatment plan. The second visit includes a full physical examination and any necessary blood work. Follow-up visits are 30 minutes in length.
Q. What kinds of health problems can be treated?
A. Any possible chronic or acute illnesses can be addressed. Some of these include women’s health, menopause, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, weight loss, IBS, IBD, diabetes, anxiety and depression, insomnia, ADHD, multiple sclerosis, migraines, headaches, allergies, asthma, immune dysfunction, lung disease, skin disorders, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, cancer, etc.
Q. Do Naturopathic Doctors interact with other health care professionals?
A. Yes, Naturopathic Doctors believe strongly in complementary and integrative medicine. A team approach is very important in achieving overall health. Referrals to other health care providers, such as medical doctors, chiropractors, optometrists, massage therapists etc. allows for the development of unified treatment plans and optimal health care.
Q. Do I need a referral?
A. No. Naturopathic Doctors are primary health care providers and therefore patients can call and book their own appointments.
Q. Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by OHIP?
A. At the current time, Naturopathic medicine is not covered by OHIP, however most extended health care benefits do provide coverage. Contact your health care benefit provider to see what kind of Naturopathic coverage that you have.