What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct system of primary care that addresses the root cause of illness or disease and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors are specially trained in disease prevention and thereby are able to provide education to individuals about how to achieve optimal health and wellness. Their technique is focused on treating the person not just the disease. Naturopathic Medicine is the oldest form of effective medicine, which can be dated back hundreds of years. Naturopathic Doctors focus on investigating the cause of the health disorder; in other words, focus on why a health disorder is present so they can effectively correct the physiology to return the system back to its correct way of functioning. The appearance of symptoms in the body during a diseased condition is simply a signal that there is something wrong within the body due to improper diet, nutritional deficiencies, environmental factors, toxicities, injury and stress, to merely name a few examples. Naturopathic doctors focus on allowing the body to heal itself while using methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects. Individualized treatment is the focus of naturopathic care that includes the consideration of the physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors therefore regarding the person as a whole. Naturopathic Doctors integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies.
What to expect on your first visit?
Your first visit with your naturopathic doctor will consist of a 60 to 90 minute appointment where you can expect a thorough intake of your initial health concern or state of health. A focused physical exam can also be a part of the initial consultation or may be extended to the follow up appointment depending on time restrictions. A follow up appointment will be booked as necessary, and an individualized treatment plan will be put into effect. A treatment plan will be dependent on the diagnosis made in the prior visit, and various natural therapies will be applied depending on the individual in order to bring health back to balance. A zinc deficiency test and urinalysis test is included in the cost of your first visit.
- Digestive issues
- Skin conditions
- Stress management
- Autoimmune conditions
- Sleep disorders
- Hormone and Reproductive Disorders (Women’s and Men’s Health)
- Disease Prevention and Health Management
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Cholesterol
- Musculoskeletal injuries/Athletic Therapy
- Pain management
Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND)
The Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy- Naturopathy (BDDT-N)
Transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine