Naturopathic Doctors treat all forms of health concerns from paediatric to geriatric, from acute conditions to chronic illness and from the physical to the psychological. They offer alternative natural therapeutics in the case where they are comparable or more effective than pharmaceutical counterparts.
Naturopathic medicine is very effective for:
- Patients with a range of symptoms that they have been unable to address on their own or with the help of other medical practitioners.
- Patients that are looking to combine conventional and naturopathic treatments with the aim of minimizing side effects of drugs, surgery or conventional treatments.
- Patients that have been diagnosed with an illness, often serious or chronic and are looking to improve their quality of life.
- Patients that are seeking to optimize their physiological and psychological health through diet and lifestyle counselling.
- Patients that looking for a reliable source of education on natural therapeutics that can be incorporated into their lives for health promotion, disease prevention and treatment.
Naturopathic and conventional medicine differ in their philosophical approach and therapies used. Naturopathic doctors treat the patient as a whole, investigating biological, psychological and social factors contributing to the cause illness. Like conventional doctors, naturopaths address and treat the symptoms of disease, however they strive to do this by addressing the root cause of illness. They can requisition laboratory testing and collaborate with your medical doctor in the case where diagnostic imaging and or pharmaceuticals are necessary.
A naturopathic doctor (ND) first completes an undergraduate degree at university. The naturopathic student then enters into a four-year, full-time accredited naturopathic medical program. Training includes basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; naturopathic principles and therapeutics; and extensive clinical experience under the supervision of qualified naturopathic doctors. Following the completion of the naturopathic medical program, ND’s must write and pass standardized North American board exams known as the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for regulation/licensing. Graduates receive the title ND. or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
Common conditions treated by Naturopathic Doctors:
- Digestive Disorders
- Metabolic/Endocrine and Cardiovascular Health
- Mental Health
- Musculoskeletal Health
- Skin Conditions
- Women’s Health
- Men’s Health
- Neurological and Pan-Systemic Conditions
- Acute Conditions
- Detoxification and Diet Support
- Autoimmune Support
- Smoking Cessation
- Stress Management
- Lifestyle Counseling
- Individualized Lifestyle Counseling
- Dietary and Nutraceutical Counseling
- Laboratory Testing (LifeLabs)
- Acupuncture – Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Botanical Medicine – Herbal Tincture Prescriptions
- Physical Therapy – Cupping, Massage, Acupuncture (Therapeutic Trigger Point Dry Needling)
$195 | Initial Visit (90 Minutes)
The first visit for all new patients. A thorough health history is discussed, including details of your main health concerns, family history and current lifestyle habits. Review of recent blood work and all supplements, if available. Relevant physical exam performed as needed. Detailed treatment plan provided, including any suggested further testing.
$160 | Follow-up (60 Minutes)
The first follow-up visit allows for more detailed discussion with the naturopathic doctor and takes place within 1 – 2 weeks, or when results from requisitioned lab tests are available for review. Over the first few appointments, progress in your treatment plan will be assessed to gauge whether your goals are being met, and fine tuned to accommodate the challenges unique to you during your journey through lifestyle modifications. If more than 3 months have elapsed since your last visit, test results need to be reviewed, or a new health concern has come up, this appointment is also appropriate.
$120 | Short Follow-up (45 Minutes)
This visit is used for most patients throughout their course of treatment to check in with their progress and make any necessary adjustments to their existing plan. Your naturopath will continue to discuss preventative and long term health strategies that can be adopted to keep you in line with your health goals for life.
$160 | Minor Physical Therapies (30-60 Minutes)
This visit is ideal for patients seeking to relieve acute pain using minor physical therapies such as massage, trigger point dry needling, and cupping.
$75 | Weekly Acupuncture Protocol (30 Minutes)
This visit is ideal between standard follow-ups for patients coming in weekly for a short term acupuncture regimen. This visit is also used for check ins with the doctor about minor changes to symptoms or needed dosage adjustments.