What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a health care system that focuses on determining and treating the root cause of illness in an effort to heal the body fully. It is rooted in centuries of healing traditions, and is validated by emerging scientific research. Naturopathic doctors are trained to provide individualized health care for a wide array of conditions, and work collaboratively with conventional healthcare providers to ensure that the patient's health is optimized.
Naturopathic doctors have a minimum of 8 years of post-secondary education, including training at an accredited naturopathic medical institution after achieving a university degree. This education is highly rigorous and involves the successful completion of licensing and board certification examinations. Treatments may include herbal medicine, nutrition & dietary counselling, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and lifestyle management.
How does naturopathic medicine differ from conventional medicine?
If I see an ND, does that mean I must stop taking my medications or stop seeing my family doctor?
Why do I need to see an ND? Can't I buy my natural health products directly from a health food store?
Are ND visits or prescriptions covered by OHIP?
What can I expect in my initial naturopathic visit?
Are naturopathic treatments safe? Is there any research supporting these treatments?