Frequently Asked Questions

What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine has been practiced in North America for over 125 years. It is a health system that uses a combination of modern scientific knowledge and traditional forms of natural medicine. Naturopathic medicine aims to prevent illness, promote wellness and stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal. The various naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual needs of the patient. This includes their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors. When you go to see a Naturopathic Doctor you may discuss diet and lifestyle changes. You may also receive natural therapies such as botanical medicine, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, clinical nutrition or naturopathic manipulation. These days more and more people are seeking the care of a Naturopathic Doctor, often in addition to their Medical Doctor. Naturopathic Medical care is covered by many private health insurance plans.

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What is a naturopathic doctor?

Naturopathic doctors are provincially-regulated primary care providers. With extensive education, including an undergraduate degree followed by four years of training at an accredited naturopathic college, NDs integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. NDs are eclectic, each with a slightly different approach, but they all believe that balancing the mind, body and environment is the path to optimal health because it supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Naturopathic doctors are also experts at early detection, prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and their personalized treatment plans work with each individual patient’s lifestyle and body chemistry.

What conditions can naturopathic doctors treat?

NDs are primary healthcare practitioners, and can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including acute concerns and chronic health conditions. In the event that an ND is unable to treat your condition, he or she will consult or refer appropriately.

Are naturopathic doctors regulated in Ontario?

Yes. Registration with a governing body helps ensure that NDs have the knowledge, skill and judgment to carry out their role. The Naturopathy Act was proclaimed on July 1, 2015 and the profession has been regulated by the College of Naturopaths since that date. Naturopathic doctors are regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, alongside all other regulated health professions.

Canadian naturopathic doctors are also regulated in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

How do I pay for a visit to a naturopathic doctor?

Currently, OHIP does not cover visits to a naturopathic doctor. However, most extended healthcare plans include naturopathic medicine, so check with your provider to see the amount of your coverage.