Why Should One Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor?
What is the Difference Between Conventional Medical Doctors and Naturopathic Doctors?
Naturopathic medicine emphasizes obtaining and maintaining optimum health while conventional medicine emphasizes and manages disease and its symptoms.
Naturopathic doctors work with the body's own resources to balance and regulate normal physiological processes. Therefore, the aim of naturopathic doctors is to assist and enhance the body's own ability to heal itself.
What Therapies do Naturopathic Doctors use?
Most Naturopathic Doctors are trained to use the following natural therapies to support and stimulate the body to heal itself:
Can a Naturopathic Doctor Order Diagnostic Imaging Tests or Refer Patients to Medical Specialists?
Unfortunately, at this time, naturopathic doctors cannot request diagnostic imaging studies such as x-rays, MRIs and CT Scans. Also, naturopathic doctors cannot refer to medical specialists such as cardiologists, gynecologists, gastro-enterologists, etc.
It is recommended and beneficial to bring any copies of recent bloodwork or imaging results to your appointment with your naturopath.
Is Naturopathic Medicine Covered by OHIP?
Unfortunately, naturopathic care is not covered by OHIP, however, most extended health care plans do cover some or all of your consultation fees and some may cover lab test costs.
Please refer to the details of your extended benefits package.
What Type of Education and Training Does a Degree in Naturopathic Medicine Require?
Naturopathic doctors are one of the only licensed primary care providers in the field of complementary medicine. Licensed naturopathic doctors in Ontario have met the following requirements: