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Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic approach to treating health concerns. As a distinct primary care system, it blends evidence based medicine with traditional and natural forms of medicine.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) support and stimulate a person’s ability to heal by addressing the root cause of their concern while treating symptoms.
Naturopathic doctors use safe, gentle, non-invasive therapies, which are drawn from some or all of the following disciplines:
Clinical Nutrition: dietary modification and supplementation to optimize health
Lifestyle Counseling: an exploration of the patient’s physical, mental, and emotional environments
Acupuncture/Asian Medicine: use of diet, plant-based remedies and acupuncture to treat and prevent disease
Botanical (Herbal) Medicine: use of plant-based remedies to promote patient healing
Homeopathic Medicine: minute doses of plant, animal and mineral substances used to stimulate patient healing
Physical Medicine: a variety of gentle hands-on techniques for the spine, joints and soft tissues, including hydrotherapy and massage.
What kinds of health conditions can benefit from Naturopathic Medicine?
– Fertility concerns, PMS, painful periods, irregular periods, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), vaginal infections, breast health, breast cancer
– Perinatal and pregnancy care, well baby care, paediatric naturopathic care
– Bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, parasites, yeast overgrowth
– Insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, burnout
– Allergies, asthma, eczema, acne, psoriasis
– Diabetes & blood sugar balance, hypertension, heart disease
What can you expect from a Naturopathic visit?
Your first visit will be approximately 1 ½ hours long and will include a thorough discussion of your medical history and health concerns. If necessary, a physical exam will be performed. The first visit is essentially an information-gathering session. A second visit is usually scheduled one week after the initial visit to discuss and begin the complete treatment program. This allows the doctor to thoroughly assess the case and to give it the special attention that it requires, in order to allow for a more accurate and personalized prescription to help facilitate your healing process. Follow-up visits are usually booked every 4-6 weeks in the beginning in order to assess your progress and less frequently as you start to feel better and learn how to manage your health.
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered under extended health care plans?
Yes, many extended health care insurance plans offer partial or full coverage for naturopathic visits. To determine if you have coverage under naturopathic medicine, please contact your health insurance company or refer to the policy handbook.