What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine focuses on discovering the imbalance in the emotional, environmental, mental and physical elements of a person that leads to the development of Dis-Ease. Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care approach that promotes well-being by using natural therapies such as Botanical Medicine, Dietary Counseling, Homeopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine with Acupuncture to guide and support the body through its active healing process.
What is the training for a Naturopathic Doctor?
They are required to complete at least three years of pre-medical studies before successfully completing their four year post-graduate program at an accredited Naturopathic Medical School. This training includes 1,500 hours of basic and clinic sciences, 1,900 hours of standard medical therapeutics such as family medicine, internal medicine, pharmacology and more than 2,600 classroom hours in Naturopathic treatments. Trained as a primary care provider Naturopathic Doctors are qualified to run laboratory tests, perform physical exams, diagnose and treat all health conditions.
What do Naturopathic Doctors treat?
The training that Naturopathic Doctors receive focuses on the imbalances or changes in any human body and mind, from the pediatric to the geriatric. Therefore, All Health Concerns from acute to chronic conditions can be treated. Naturopathic Medicine assists the body through its active healing process to correct any dysfunction or illness.
Will I see any benefits from seeing a Naturopathic Doctor?
If you have vague symptoms that has not resulted in a clear diagnosis or you are suffering from a chronic illness and you do not want to depend on pharmaceutical drugs for the rest of your life or you are looking to optimize your current state of health and prevent illness a Naturopathic Doctor can help you! A Naturopathic Doctor’s goal is to try to find the root cause of the Dis-Ease. In the Dis-Ease various symptoms can present that many Medical Doctors are not able to isolate to one cause. Naturopathic Doctors after extensive investigation of the mind, body and spirit are able to present a clearer picture of the imbalances of the patient. Naturopathic Doctors can guide you to Optimal Health!
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by MSP?
Most extended medical plans cover Naturopathic Medical services. Contact your health insurance company to find out the extent of your coverage. If there is no coverage you may want to request that your policy be extended to include Naturopathic services.
Can I visit both a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and a Medical Doctor (MD) at the same time?
Yes, many Naturopathic and Medical Doctors work together to achieve the common goal which is optimal health for the patient.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
No referral is necessary to make an appointment with a Naturopathic Doctor.