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Naturopathic Clinic Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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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:

  1. Updated medication list
  2. Copies of recent blood work or tests
  3. List of questions you would like to get answered

Your Initial Visit – The initial visit entails the following:
(Duration: About 1 – 1hr 30 mins)

  1. Introduction to Naturopath approach, modalities, and therapies
  2. A detailed discussion of your chief concerns and obtaining full medical and family history
  3. Clarifying health goals and concerns
  4. Obtaining an understanding of your diet & lifestyle, any stressors (physical, environmental, emotional etc)
  5. A screening physical examination
  6. 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.

Naturopathic Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About Oakville Naturopath Clinic at Natural Health Clinic of Halton?

Naturopathic Clinic at Natural Health Clinic of Halton have been award-winning Naturopathic Doctors since 2016. We are located in the vicinity of New Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Our doctors and practitioners are members are all professionally trained and in good standing with The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).   Naturopathic Health is regulated under the Ontario provincial law, similar to other Family Doctors.  Naturopathic doctors are primary care physicians who have additional training in natural medicine and therapies.  Our Naturopathic Doctors have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and pathology, as well as in the use of natural therapies.

What is Naturopathic Health?

Naturopathic 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 Naturopath is to stimulate the innate healing power of the body and to address the root cause of illness. The main focus of Naturopath is on the promotion of wellness and prevention of illness or disease.

How does it differ from Conventional or Allopathic?

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 lies in the philosophical approach and the therapies used.

Naturopathic doctors provide individualized treatments that address not only the physique but also take into consideration the individual’s environment, lifestyle, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Therapies used by Naturopathic doctors 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, which generally focuses on symptomatic care of disease with the use of pharmaceutical agents or other invasive therapies.

Any Side Effects?. What can it do for me?

Naturopath 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, Naturopath 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 treatments that best complement conventional
  • 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 therapeutic modalities are used by Naturopathic Doctors?

Naturopathic Doctors offer non-toxic, safe and effective treatments. Naturopathic Doctors in Canada are trained in the following natural therapies:
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Botanical
  • Traditional Chinese (TCM) & Acupuncture
  • Homeopathy
  • Physical Treatments
  • Health Psychology & Lifestyle Counselling
Some NDs have additional training in other natural therapies such as:
  • IV Therapy
  • Mesotherapy
  • Minor Surgery
  • Colon Hydrotherapy

What kind of training and education do 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 of 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 Naturopath curriculum include:
  • Sciences: Anatomy, Clinical Physiology, Histology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Pharmacology, Clinical Pathology.
  • Clinical Disciplines: Diagnostic approach in 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, Traditional Chinese and Acupuncture, Homeopathic , Hydrotherapy, Naturopathic manipulation, Lifestyle counseling.
  • Clinical Experience: Involves successful completion of 1500 hours of clinical requirements with demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of Naturopath prior to graduation.

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.

Your Initial Visit – The initial visit entails the following: (Duration: About 1 – 1hr 30 mins)

  • Introduction to Naturopath 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.

What to bring with you for your initial visit?

Please bring with you the following.

  • Updated medication list.
  • Copies of recent blood work or tests.
  • List of questions you would like to get answered.

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.

Is Naturopath covered by OHIP health insurance?

Unfortunately, Naturopath services are not covered by OHIP. However, most private health insurance plans do provide coverage and is usually listed under the heading "paramedical services". Patients that are not covered can claim a health care credit on their income taxes. Contact your health insurer for details and take advantage of your benefits package today.

Naturopathic Modalities

Modalities

Naturopath doctors offer non-toxic, safe and effective treatments.

  • Botanical

  • Chinese Traditional & Acupuncture

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Health Psychology & Lifestyle Counseling
  • Homeopathy
  • Physical

Some NDs have additional training in other natural therapies such as:

  • IV Therapy
  • Mesotherapy
  • Minor Surgery
  • Colon Hydrotherapy

Naturopathic Clinic in Oakville

Natural Health Clinic of Halton is a multidisciplinary clinic located in North Oakville Medical Centre at the intersection of Third Line and Dundas Street in Oakville, Ontario. Serving Oakville – Burlington – Milton – Mississauga and Halton community from beginning. We provide Physiotherapy, Naturopathy, Osteopathy, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and many more services.

Principles of Naturopathic Health

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 is disease prevention. Naturopathic practitioners and physicians thoroughly assess any risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and make appropriate interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.

Naturopathic Clinic Services

Naturopathic doctors are primary healthcare providers that manages variety of conditions. Some of which include the following:

Women's Health and Wellness

Women's Health and Wellness

Naturopathic doctors often specialize in women's health and wellness, providing preventive care and support for women during all stages of life.

Women's Health and Wellness

Men’s Health and Wellness

Men’s Health and Wellness

Naturopathic doctors may also recommend specific dietary changes or supplements to support overall health and well-being. Naturopathic Health can help improve symptoms such as hormone imbalances, sexual health issues, prostate problems, and low testosterone levels.

Men’s Health and Wellness

Mental Health

Mental Health

Naturopathic Health is safe and effective for treating a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Holistic approach may be particularly beneficial for people with mental health concerns, as it can help to address the underlying causes of their symptoms.

  • Attention problems – ADD and ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional issues – anger, frustration, irritability
  • Insomnia/sleep disturbance
  • Panic attacks
  • Stress management
Mental Health Treatment

Integumentary System, Skin Conditions

Integumentary System, Skin Conditions

Naturopathic doctor specializes in the integumentary system, which includes the skin, hair, and nails. Naturopathic doctors can treat a variety of skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Naturopathic doctors typically use complex academic jargon when discussing treatment options with their patients.

Integumentary System, Skin Diseases

Endocrinology Conditions

Endocrinology Conditions

This is because naturopaths have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and pathology, as well as in the use of natural therapies. Some of the most common endocrine conditions that naturopaths help to treat include diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, and adrenal fatigue.

  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Diabetes
  • High Cortisol
  • Thyroid Issues – Hyperthyroidism
  • Thyroid Issues – Hypothyroidism
  • Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Endocrinology Conditions

Cardiovascular Conditions

Cardiovascular Conditions

Naturopathic doctors provides holistic care and are able to help people with a wide range of cardiovascular conditions. They use natural therapies to help improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease.

  • Anemia
  • Angina
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • High cholesterol, Hypercholesterolemia
  • High blood pressure/hypertension
  • Palpitations
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Varicose veins
Cardiovascular Conditions

Immune System Condition, Autoimmune disorders

Immune System Condition, Autoimmune disorders

An immune system condition is any condition that affects the immune system. This can include things like infections, autoimmune diseases, and allergies.

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Immune deficiency
  • Hypersensitivity disorders – allergies, food/chemical sensitivity, anaphylaxis, urticaria
  • Infections – colds and flu, ear infections (otitis media, otitis externa), tonsillitis, bronchitis, sinusitis
  • Upper respiratory infections (symptoms include: a sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, facial pain, shortness of breath/wheezing, productive and non-productive cough)
Immune System Condition, Autoimmune disorders

Rheumatologic and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Rheumatologic and Musculoskeletal Conditions

A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is a licensed health care provider who uses natural therapies to treat a variety of medical conditions, including rheumatologic and musculoskeletal conditions. Rheumatologic and musculoskeletal conditions are a type of medical problem that can cause pain, inflammation, and limited movement in the joints.

  • Arthritis / Arthralgia (joint pain)
  • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension
  • Nerve/Neurological pain
  • Neck, back, shoulder, hip, knee pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendonitis
Rheumatologic and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Respiratory System Conditions

Respiratory System Conditions

A naturopathic doctor (ND) holistic approach that focuses on the whole person, rather than just the symptoms of the illness. Naturopaths believe that the body has an innate ability to heal itself.

  • Allergies
  • Asthma, Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flus
  • Coughs - productive and non-productive
  • Pneumonia
Respiratory System Conditions

Gastrointestinal Conditions

Gastrointestinal Conditions

A naturopathic doctor for gastrointestinal conditions typically uses a variety of natural therapies to help restore the health of the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Food intolerance
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), H.Pylori, Heartburn
  • General abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – constipation, diarrhea
  • Infant Colic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Peptic ulcers
Gastrointestinal Conditions

Neurology and Pain Management

Neurology and Pain Management

Naturopathic doctors are trained in a variety of natural therapies which can be used to help treat neurological conditions. Some of these therapies include botanical medicine, homeopathy, and acupuncture.

  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Genitourinary/Renal System Conditions
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Kidney Stones
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Sciatica
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Tinnitus
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) – urinary frequency, urgency, burning on urination
  • Vertigo and dizziness
Neurology and Pain Management

Lab Tests

We provide different types of lab tests
which can help you to understand what is
happening to your body.

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