What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a complete and coordinated approach to health care. It is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies and gentle techniques.
Naturopathic doctors are the general practitioners of natural medicine with at least seven years of post-secondary education which include four years of professional training at a recognized college of naturopathic medicine and three years of pre-medical studies at a university.
The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of illness, rather than simply treat or suppress symptoms. The patient is seen as a whole person and the ND takes the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions into account when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.
Naturopathic doctors can also complement and enhance health care services provided by other health professionals.
Is Naturopathic Medicine Safe?
The safety record for naturopathic medicine is excellent.
This makes sense given the emphasis on non-toxic, natural source medicines and gentle, non-invasive treatments. Side effects are rare and NDs are knowledgeable about contraindications between naturopathic remedies and conventional medicines.
In addition, NDs are trained to recognize conditions which are outside their scope of practice and to refer to other health practitioners when it is appropriate to do so.
What Kinds of Health Problems Can Be Treated?
Virtually all chronic and most acute conditions may benefit from treatment by Naturopathic Doctors. People of all ages can be helped. The most common health conditions brought to NDs include:
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Allergies & Environmental Illnesses
* Arthritis, Gout
* Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Heart Problems
* Digestion, Constipation, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Autoimmune Gastritis, H. Pylori
* Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Vitiligo
* Cystitis, Prostatitis, Impotence
* Sinusitis, Asthma
* Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease
* Colds and Flu
* Ear and Throat Infections
* Intestinal Upsets
* Menopausal Problems
* PMS, Menstrual Disorders
* Fibrocystic Breast Disease
* Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids
* Mental and Emotional Stress
* Anxiety, Depression
* Attention Deficit Disorder, Hyperactivity
Note: Naturopathic medical services are covered under many extended health care plans.
We are able to direct bill most insurance companies.
In order to process direct billing, you need to first contact your insurance company, by phone, to confirm if an assignment of benefits (direct billing) is allowed under your policy.
After all the necessary forms are signed, we will prepare your insurance claim forms for the direct billing.