What do NDs treat?
As primary health care practitioners, NDs treat most medical conditions as they are primary health care providers. Some patients have their ND as their family doctor. NDs will refer to another appropriate health practitioner if they cannot treat your condition.
Is there coverage for Naturopathic Medicine?
Most employee health care insurance plans have naturopathic coverage. Most plans have a minimum of $500 of coverage. Contact your insurance provider to determine your available coverage. NDs are not currently covered under OHIP.
What are the rates/prices for visits with an ND?
The following is a list of some services and rates. These prices do not include tax (All consultations and treatments are tax free) and are subject to change without notice. Please call for prices on intravenous therapies, supplements and laboratory testing.
Initial Consult – 60-90 minutes – $165
Follow-up Consultation – 30mins – $75
Follow-up Consultation – 45 mins – $110
Follow-up Consultation – 60mins – $130
Acupuncture – 30 mins – $65
Is the effectiveness of Naturopathic Medicine proven?
There are countless scientific studies and research articles showing the effectiveness of Naturopathic Medicine. The link between diet, stress, and disease is well documented in scientific journals. Botanical medicine also has a long history of use and is well supported by current medical research. The evidence supporting natural therapies continues to grow each day as more and more studies are performed. These studies and research articles can be found in a variety of medical journal publications.
What is involved if I become a patient?
An initial intake form consisting of questions about your health condition and previous medical history is completed before your first visit. Please bring this with you as well as all your prescription medication, supplements, and any copies of bloodwork or other health records to the first appointment. Your first visit will be 1.5 hours and will consist of a questions pertaining to your condition(s), a thorough health history, a physical exam and urine analysis. Further testing such as blood tests and/or specialized diagnostic tests are often requested on a subsequent visit at the clinic. Some recommendations to get you started will be given on this first visit. One to three weeks later will be your second appointment, which is 45 minutes in length. Here detailed recommendations are discussed. Follow-ups after this are usually 30 minutes in length and the number will depend on your particular condition, the severity and duration, the pace of your progress and the type of treatments recommended.
If I already have a family doctor, can I still become a patient?
Yes – NDs aim to work colaboratively with MDs and other primary health care providers in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. NDs also commonly receive referals from MDs. NDs work together with the referring physicians to consult on the progress of care.
Will my medication interact with what an ND prescribes?
NDs have extensive training in Pharmacology (prescription medication). They understand the interactions between medications and natural therapies. NDs can safely prescribe natural treatments that increase the effectiveness, and reduce the side effects from prescription medications. NDs are often able to eliminate the need for some medications by offering other viable treatment options.
What is the difference between Naturopathic Medicine and Homeopathy?
Homeopathic medicine is just one of many therapies that NDs may use to treat conditions. Homeopathy is based on the principle of “like cures like” using minute amounts of natural substances to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. NDs are trained in homeopathy, however, it is only one of many other natural medicine modalities in their education. Some NDs use very little or no homeopathy in their treatments.
What is Functional Medicine Testing?
Functional Medical Testing is performed by assessing samples of blood, saliva, urine, feces and hair to determine levels of vitamins and mineral in the body, assess hormone and enzyme function, examine for the presence of parasites/molds/yeasts, assess utilization of nutrients, and much more. Conventional medicine fails to determine the cause of diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Naturopathic Medicine can use an array of diets, mineral “challenges” etc. to find the cause, but in addition functional medicine determines what is going on inside the body on a cellular and / or biochemical level. It is the form of medicine that is contributing to the convergence of conventional and Naturopathic Medicine.