Is naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP?
No. However, most extended health care plans cover the cost of your visit. Check with your workplace or call the insurance provider to determine what benefits you have for naturopathic medicine.
Do naturopathic doctors work with other healthcare professionals?
Yes. A collaborative approach to patient health care makes sense. Although naturopathic doctors are primary care providers, they also work with, and can refer patients to: medical doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths, dentists, massage therapists, midwives, psychologists, etc. as necessary.
Do I need a referral?
No. Just give us a call to book an appointment!
What’s the first visit like?
Depending on your health concerns and health history, the first visit ranges from 60-90 minutes in length. During this visit, a comprehensive medical history is taken and a relevant physical exam is performed. With your consent, lab tests may be requisitioned during this visit, as well as medical records from your other health care providers. NDs are very thorough! All this information helps to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific health needs and concerns.
How often do I need to come for treatment?
This will depend on your specific health concerns and the treatment necessary to address those concerns. A personalized treatment plan will be discussed during your initial visit. In general, after your initial visit, you can expect to have two to three follow-up visits within six months. Visits are then booked as needed. Most patients visit at least once yearly.
Is naturopathic medicine safe?
Given the emphasis on a non-toxic and non-invasive approach in the administration of natural medicines, the safety record of naturopathic medicine is excellent. Side effects are rare, and naturopathic doctors are authoritative on potential interactions between pharmaceuticals and natural medicines.
When would someone visit a naturopathic doctor?
Naturopathic doctors are unique in the health care field because our training combines conventional medical sciences and diagnostic tools with a broad scope of therapies. The ability to integrate this knowledge gives us many tools to work with, allowing for greater flexibility and creativity when approaching complex subjects such as disease and health. Common reasons people visit a naturopathic doctor:
- Their health is not improving despite seeking help from various health professionals
- They experience a major health crisis and would like to explore treatment options
- They are overwhelmed by a growing mountain of health products and would like to know what they should (or should not) be taking
- Their preference is a natural, holistic approach to health care
- They are seeking a comprehensive health program for disease prevention