What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving overall health and treating illness. Naturopathic Doctors focus on disease prevention, and use gentle non-invasive natural treatments to support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal. Naturopathic treatment can be used on its own or in conjunction with other forms of alternative and conventional medical treatment. The primary objective of naturopathic treatment is to address the root cause of illness, rather than simply suppress symptoms. Each person’s unique, mental emotional and physical state is taken into consideration and therefore each patient gets their own personalized healthcare plan customized according to their needs
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are primary health care providers that treat all types of diseases and conditions. NDs provide a full range of diagnostic tests and individualized treatment plans based on each unique health concern. NDs are trained as specialists in preventative medicine and natural therapies.
What types of health concerns can be treated?
A person of any age with any condition can benefit from naturopathic intervention. The naturopath treats patients of all ages, from infants to seniors and with a variety of different health concerns. They may be healthy individuals looking for preventative care and health education, or suffer from acute or chronic conditions. The naturopath has specific interest in treating a wide variety of conditions including: women’s health concerns, pain management, inflammatory concerns, allergies, digestive concerns, adrenal fatigue and stress management, fertility and weight management.
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by OHIP?
In Ontario, OHIP does not cover naturopathic visits, but many private health insurance plans (e.g. through your employer or school benefits plan) provide coverage for naturopathic visits as well as acupuncture treatments. Insurance plans typically provide coverage for naturopathy practiced by a licensed Naturopathic practitioner. Contact your health insurer to find out what services are covered for you, and how much coverage you have per year. If you do not have coverage, we can create a treatment plan that takes your budget into consideration.
What does Naturopathic medicine treat?
Naturopathic Medicine treats illness, while focusing on prevention and cure. Naturopathic doctors treat the whole person and aim to identify the root cause of the illness, rather than isolating a symptom or cluster of problems. The underlying susceptibility to illness is addressed and an individualized treatment protocol is developed for each patient’s unique state.
A naturopathic doctor is a primary health care provider, sort of like an alternative GP. With four years of rigorous education in medical sciences and extensive training in each naturopathic modality, NDs are trained to treat patients in all stages of life with serious acute or chronic illness and implement prevention strategies to ensure optimal health. Some of the more common health conditions seen by an ND include but are not limited to:
- Menstrual Concerns
- Perimenopause, Menopause, Post-menopause
- Fertility, Pregnancy Health
- Breast Health
- Weight Management
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Headaches and Migraines
- Yeast Infections / Candida
- PCOS and Insulin Resistance
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Thyroid Concerns
- Prostate Health
- Sexual Health
- Sports Energy and Recovery
- Weight Management
- Food Sensitivities and Allergies
- Gas and Bloating
- Chronic Constipation, Irregular Bowel Movements
- Celiac disease
Allergies and Sensitivities
- Environmental conditions
- Runny nose, Coughing, Sneezing, Itchy eyes
- Hives, Rashes, Eczema
Immune System Health
- Cold and flu Prevention and Treatment
- Lymph node inflammation
- Chronic Infections
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
- General Musculoskeletal Pain
- Shoulder, Neck and Back pain
- Sciatica, Knee Injuries
- Arthritis, Fibromyalgia
- Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis, Dermatitis
Anxiety, Depression and other Mood Disturbances
- Stress, Fatigue and Muscle Tension
- Insomnia, Hypersomnia