QWhy would you choose naturopathic medicine?
- You want to become more educated and empowered in regards to your own health!
- You wish to play a larger role in your overall health.
- You want professional advice on how to use herbs, homeopathics and/or supplements either on their own, or while taking your medication safely and with limited possible adverse effects.
- You are experiencing side effects from medications and would like to seek other avenues of treatment or additions to your current health plan to keep adverse reactions to a minimal.
- You have been given no real hope for improvement or alternatives for a current condition you have been diagnosed with.
- You would like to explore alternative treatment(s) to your current healthcare plan for you and your family.
- You would like to experience the extended consultations that Naturopathic medicine offers; allowing for a better connection with your health care provider.
QWhat is the difference between Naturopathic Doctors and Conventional Doctors?
- Conventional Medicine primarily deals with diseases and their symptoms while naturopathic medicine emphasizes balancing the body for innate healing to occur, and uncovering the root cause of the imbalance. It emphasizes education and empowerment of the patient to understand their body allowing for optimal health and long term wellness.
QIs Naturopathic Medicine covered by OHIP?
- Unfortunately, it is not covered under OHIP. However, most extended healthcare plans do cover a portion of the consultation fees and possibly some lab fees. Refer to you extended healthcare benefits package for more details, or contact your service provider for information.
QWhat kind of education do Naturopathic Doctors have?
- They are licensed primary health care providers in complementary medicine.
- An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree is required prior to admittance to an accredited college. Pre-requisite courses include biology, psychology, chemistry and physics.
- They must attain 4,000+ hours of academic and clinical training and a diploma from a 4-year full-time accredited naturopathic medical college, along with an internship of one year.
- Successful completion of 2 NPLEX North American Licensing Exams and an Ontario Licensing exam. The former covering basic medical sciences (biochemistry, immunology, anatomy, pathology etc.) and clinical sciences covering pharmacology, laboratory diagnosis, physical and clinical diagnosis, botanical and Chinese medicine, homeopathy and clinical nutrition. The latter encompassing practical examinations for spinal manipulation, acupuncture and physical and clinical diagnosis, and jurisprudence.
- Annual continuing education credits are required to keep one’s license from the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapies
QCan Naturopathic Doctors interpret medical lab and blood work testing and/or diagnostic imaging?
- Naturopathic Doctors have been trained to interpret blood work and medical lab and diagnostic imaging and tests. If you have a copy of any of these tests, bring them to your first consultation so that your Naturopathic Doctor can record and interpret them.
QWhat should one expect from a Reiki treatment?
ASince Reiki is an energetic therapy, everyone has a different experience with a treatment. Generally, there is tingling and a feeling of warmth during the treatment. A feeling of relaxation and calm is a common report during a treatment. A more positive and balanced outlook is reported at the end of the treatments. Treatments can range from 30 mins to 60 mins depending on the condition being treated.