About Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a form of primary health care that combines scientific medical knowledge with the wisdom and safety of traditional medicine. Naturopathic doctors believe in stimulating the healing power of the body, treating the underlying cause of disease and preventing disease. Naturopathic medicine complements other forms of health care services so that patients receive a truly integrated approach.

Naturopathic doctors have a minimum of 7 yrs of education. They must have completed premedical prerequisites at a university and often are required to have a Bachelor’s degree.  They then must complete a rigorous four year Naturopathic medical program at an accredited institution and pass licensing board examinations.

Naturopathic doctors receive training in several core modalities which include:

clinical nutrition
A detailed diet analysis provides information about the changes or supplements needed to maintain optimal health.

acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine
A 2000 year old form of medicine that focuses on balancing the body through acupuncture and herbs.

botanical medicine
Medicinal herbs can be used to treat all ages and conditions from children’s ear infections to PMS and infertility. Herbs are utilized based on their traditional use and their pharmacological active ingredients.

homeopathy
Small amounts of diluted natural substances are used to support the body’s ability to heal. Homeopathy addresses all components of well-being including mental, physical and emotional health.

lifestyle counselling
Your naturopathic doctor will make recommendations for physical activity, sleep, stress management & diet to promote optimal health.

laboratory testing and interpretation
Ordering and administering a variety of tests including routine lab work, urinalysis, salivary testing, food allergy testing.

Naturopathic medicine can treat a variety of conditions including, allergies, asthma, arthritis, anxiety and stress, colds and flus, digestive disturbances, headaches and migranes, hormone imbalances, hypertention, insomnia, skin conditions, menopausal symptoms and many others.

People choose Naturopathic medicine for various reasons.  Some are looking for a natural approach to treat their symptoms and maintain general health.  For others, Naturopathic medicine is seen as a last resort after being unable to find relief through conventional medicine.

Naturopathic Medicine is currently covered by most Extended Health Plans. MSP may cover a portion of your visit if you are on premium assistance.