What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine was establishes in 1910 in Toronto as the primary health care system. It is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of diseases are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and poor lifestyle habits. Naturopathic medicine stresses disease as a process rather than as an entity. There is a beginning, a middle and an end; and it’s the Naturopath’s job to take the patient back to the optimal state of health.
Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient; their physiological, social, environmental and lifestyle factors. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies include but not limited to vitamins, minerals, homeopathy, enzymes, co-enzymes, herbals and intravenous injections.
What are the differences between Naturopathic Medicine and Conventional Medicine?
There are three major differences and one similarity
- Conventional medicine treats symptoms such as headaches, arthritis, constipation and asthma, while naturopathic medicine treats the cause of headaches, arthritis, constipation etc. The difference is that with conventional medicine the symptom may come back while naturopathic treatment may always clear the entire symptom,
- Conventional medicine uses synthetic medication while, naturopathic medicine uses natural remedies,
- Conventional medicine hardly uses dietary concerns while naturopathic principles relies on diet to contribute to your health,
- Finally, the treatment may take the same length of time as that of Conventional medicine.
Can I see both a Medical Doctor as well as a Naturopathic Doctor simultaneously?
Yes, of course and you should rip the benefit of both fields. You must keep in mind that the medical doctor and the naturopath are there to serve your health.
What type of education and training does a Naturopath require?
To obtain a naturopathic medical credential (ND) that qualifies the recipient to sit for licensing examination individuals must complete the following:
- Prerequisites including three years of pre-medical sciences at a University with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a four point scale.
- Successfully complete a 4-year full time program in an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine that includes a total of more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
- Pass NPLEX board exams that are written after the 2nd year and 4th year of study. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for Naturopathic doctors in North America.
- Meet the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits as required by the provincial regulatory boards on an ongoing basis.
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered under OHIP?
Unfortunetly, Naturopathic medicine is not currently covered under OHIP,
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by extended health insurance?
Most extended health insurance companies do typically cover some aspects of Naturopathic medicine; however, we advise that you speak with your provider and get the full extent of coverage that is available to you personally. We have no idea about your coverage and we do not, directly, deal with insurance companies. Look for it under the Paramedical section.
What types of treatments do Naturopathic Doctors use?
Depending on the patient, symptoms, suffering, a naturopath may use tailor a treatment to suite the patients needs from remedies, injections, acupuncture, naturopathic manipulation, diet and/or physical therapy
What can I expect from my initial visit with the Naturopath?
The first examination may last approximately two and one half hour. In order to treat you, a naturopath must understand you, your ailment and your expectations. The first examination will consist of the folloing:
- your complete medical history from birth until the day of the examination
- complete physical examination (without any internals)
- urine dipstick test
- blood sugar
- blood cholesterol
- blood typing
- Based on the medical history, physical examination and blood report, the naturopath will prescribe
- remedies and
- re-set your diet