Naturopathic practice is regulated under the Ontario provincial law, similar to other family doctors. A registered Naturopathic Doctor/Physician must have at least 7 years of post-secondary education and training. This includes completion of 3 or more years of pre-medical sciences at a University followed by completion of 4 years post-graduate training at an accredited Naturopathic medical school. Graduates must also complete 2 sets of North American Board Exams and maintain ongoing continuing education in order to have an active license to practice.
Naturopathic medicine is covered by most extended benefit plans. Check with your insurance provider to get the most out of your health care plan.
Naturopathic Doctors offer non-toxic, safe and effective treatments.
- Botanical Medicine
- Chinese Traditional Medicine & Acupuncture
- Clinical Nutrition
- Health Psychology & Lifestyle Counseling
- Physical Medicine
Some NDs have additional training in
other natural therapies such as:
- IV Therapy
- Minor Surgery
- Colon Hydrotherapy
The 6 Principles of
1. Do No Harm
Using non-invasive treatments and medicinal substances to minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
2. The Healing Power of Nature
Our bodies have an inherent intelligent ability to heal itself. Naturopathic Physicians act as facilitators to this process by identifying and removing any obstacles to health and ensuring the presence of a healthy internal and external environment to support the healing process.
3. Identify and Treat the Cause of Disease
Illness does not occur without a cause.Causes can occur on various levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Therefore, a physician must identify and direct treatment at the cause of illness instead of at the symptomatic expression of disease.
4. Treat the Whole Person
Every individual is unique. Naturopathic Doctors create individualized treatment protocols by understanding the interdependence between the physical, mental, emotional, environmental, genetic and social factors contributing to illness.
5. The Physician as a Teacher
Naturopathic physicians take the time to educate and empower patients about their health. This cooperative doctor-patient relationship has an inherent therapeutic value, which enables patients to heal.
6. Prevention is the Best Cure
The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is disease prevention.Naturopathic physicians thoroughly assess any risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and make appropriate interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.
Naturopathic Medicine Treatments
Naturopathic doctors are primary healthcare providers that manage a variety of conditions – some of which include the following:
Respiratory System Conditions
- Asthma, Bronchitis
- Colds and Flus
- Coughs – productive and non-productive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Male fertility disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Prostatic disorder
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Attention problems – ADD and ADHD
- Emotional issues – anger, frustration, irritability
- Insomnia/sleep disturbance
- Panic attacks
- Stress management
Integumentary System, Skin Conditions
- Acne vulgaris, acne rosacea
- Dermatitis, skin allergies, eczema
- Fungal infections – Tinea (ringworm)
- Adrenal Fatigue
- High Cortisol
- Hypo/Hyper thyroid
- Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
High cholesterol, Hypercholesterolemia
- High blood pressure/hypertension
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Varicose veins
Immune System Condition
- Autoimmune disorders
- Immune deficiency
- Hypersensitivity disorders – allergies, food/chemical sensitivity, anaphylaxis, urticaria
- Infections – colds and flus, ear infections (otitis media, otitis externa), tonsillitis, bronchitis, sinusitis
- Upper respiratory infections (symptoms include: sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, facial pain, shortness of breath/wheezing, productive/non-productive cough)
Rheumatologic and Musculoskeletal Conditions
- Arthritis / Arthralgia (joint pain)
- Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
- Muscle tension
- Nerve/Neurological pain
- Neck, back, shoulder, hip, knee pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports injuries
- Food intolerance
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), H.Pylori, Heartburn
- General abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – constipation, diarrhea
- Infant colic
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis
- Peptic ulcers
- Bell’s Palsy
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Genitourinary/Renal System Conditions
- Kidney Stones
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) – urinary frequency, urgency, burning on urination
- Vertigo and dizziness
What to Expect
Getting Started – How to Submit New Patient Forms
Submitting a new patient form online via myNHC – Fast, easy, secure and available 24/7.
Completing the new patient form at NHC (before your appointment). Arrive 10 – 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete the forms. If you have any questions or need help while filling out the form, please contact us.
What to bring with you for your initial visit:
- Updated medication list
- Copies of recent blood work or tests
- List of questions you would like to get answered
Your Initial Visit – The initial visit entails the following:
(Duration: About 1 – 1hr 30 mins)
- Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine, our approach, modalities, and therapies
- A detailed discussion of your chief concerns and obtaining full medical and family history
- Clarifying health goals and concerns
- Obtaining an understanding of your diet & lifestyle, any stressors (physical, environmental, emotional etc)
- A screening physical examination
- At the end of the visit, your ND will implement some initial treatment recommendation and request any diagnostic and laboratory tests if required
Your Second Visit – Scheduled within 1-2 weeks of the initial visit.
(Duration: Approximately 30 – 40 mins)
This visit will include review of any available lab results and discussion of your individualized treatment plan, which may include dietary and lifestyle changes, nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, etc.
Follow-up Visits – Frequency and length of follow up visits will depend on the individual circumstances and the presenting illness. These can be conducted in office or via phone consultations.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care which utilizes the science of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease with a wide array of natural therapies. The philosophy of Naturopathic medicine is to stimulate the innate healing power of the body and to address the root cause of illness. The main focus of Naturopathy is on the promotion of wellness and prevention of illness or disease.
How does Naturopathic Medicine differ from conventional or allopathic medicine?
Naturopathic Doctors and Medical Doctors are both considered primary health care practitioners. Naturopathic Doctors are trained in the same medical sciences and additionally have training in the naturopathic disciplines.The key difference between naturopathic and conventional medicine lies in the philosophical approach and the therapies used.
Naturopathic Doctors provide individualized treatments that addresses not only the physique but also takes into consideration the individual’s environment, lifestyle, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Therapies used by a Naturopathic Doctor are all natural, safe, effective and non-invasive with the goal of finding and treating the root cause of the disease. This differs from allopathic or conventional medicine which generally focuses on symptomatic care of disease with usage of pharmaceutical agents or other invasive therapies.
What can Naturopathic Medicine do for me?
Naturopathic Medicine benefits patients of all age groups – from pediatrics to geriatrics that are suffering from a variety of health concerns. Whether it is an acute or a chronic condition, a physical or psychological illness, Naturopathic Medicine has something to offer. Typically, patients choose to visit a Naturopathic Doctor for one or more of the following reasons:
- To optimize health and address chronic health concerns
- To improve overall well-being and quality of life
- They are seeking alternatives with fewer side effects than their current medication(s)
- In search of medicine that best complements conventional medicine
- To learn strategies helpful in disease prevention and health promotion
- To receive support in dealing with a range of symptoms from an undiagnosed illness that has not been addressed
What kind of training and education do Naturopathic Doctors receive?
Naturopathic practice is regulated under the Ontario provincial law. Similar to other family doctors, a registered Naturopathic physician must have at least 7 years of postsecondary education and training. This includes completion of 3 or more years of pre-medical sciences at a University followed by completion of 4 years post- graduate training at an accredited Naturopathic medical school (with more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience). Graduates must also complete 2 sets of North American Board Exams and maintain ongoing continuing education in order to have an active license to practice.
Areas of Training
In addition to training in naturopathic disciplines, Naturopathic Doctors are fully trained in all the medical sciences similar to medical doctors. The four areas of training in the four year, full-time Naturopathic Medicine curriculum includes:
Sciences: Anatomy, Clinical Physiology, Histology, Microbiology, Biochemistry,
Immunology, Pharmacology, Clinical Pathology
Clinical Disciplines– Diagnostic medicine areas of study: Physical and Clinical diagnosis, Differential and Laboratory diagnosis, Radiology, Naturopathic assessment, Orthopedics
Naturopathic Disciplines – Naturopathic Doctors have knowledge of the diagnostic principles, practice, therapeutic skills and techniques in all six major disciplines that define the areas of naturopathic practice. They include, Clinical nutrition, Botanical medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture, Homeopathic medicine, Hydrotherapy, Naturopathic manipulation, Lifestyle counseling
Clinical Experience – Involves successful completion of 1,500 hours of clinical requirements with demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of Naturopathic Medicine prior to graduation.