Naturopathic Medicine FAQs

Naturopathic Medicine FAQs

What education/training is involved in becoming a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?

All ND’s must have completed a 3 or 4-year undergraduate program prior to entering the 4-year full-time Naturopathic Medicine program. During the naturopathic medicine program, each student is required to complete 1200 hours of clinical experience, 3000 hours of classroom training. Classes surround areas of biomedical sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, immunology, pathology and pharmacology), clinical sciences (physical & clinical diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, public health), and naturopathic modalities (botanical medicine, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, lifestyle counselling, nutrition, psychology and physical medicine.) After completing their 4 years at an accredited school in North America, ND’s are required to pass a series of board certified licensing examinations in order to apply for their provincial license.

What types of conditions do Naturopathic Doctor’s treat?

Chronic conditions:
o   Anxiety & depression
o   Asthma & allergies
o   Arthritis
o   Chronic fatigue
o   Digestive complaints: constipation, Crohn’s, IBS, heartburn
o   Eczema, Psoriasis, acne, rosacea
o   Fibromyalgia
o   High blood pressure, high cholesterol
o   Insomnia
o   Migraines
o   Stress

Acute conditions:
o   Cold & flu
o   Ear & throat infections
o   Headaches
o   Urinary Tract Infections
o   Trauma/injuries
o   Tendonitis, bursitis

Women’s Health
o   Endometriosis, fibroids
o   Fertility
o   Fibrocystic breast disease
o   PMS and menstrual irregularities
o   Menopausal symptoms

Pediatrics
o   ADHD
o   Autism spectrum disorder
o   Allergies, asthma
o   Eczema
o   Frequent colds and/or flu’s

This is not an exhaustive list, so if you are still curious as to whether or not your symptoms/condition could benefit from naturopathic medicine, book a free 15-minute consultation by calling or e-mailing the clinic.

What is the difference between Naturopathic doctors and other holistic practitioners?

Naturopathic doctors are regulated health care professionals who must be board certified and carry a valid license. The process to become a Naturopathic Doctor can be seen in the educational requirements above – 8 years of education with extensive medical training that renders the ability to diagnose, requisition & interpret lab work as well as provide treatment.

Are Naturopathic visits covered by OHIP?

OHIP does not cover Naturopathic medicine however, many extended health care insurance packages will include coverage. If you’re unsure of whether this applies to your insurance, contact your provider to discover what coverage you have.

Can Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) order bloodwork?

Yes! Naturopathic Doctors are legally allowed to requisition blood work in Ontario. Keep in mind that it will not be covered by OHIP.

Is naturopathic medicine a licensed/regulated profession?

Yes. In the province of Ontario, all naturopathic doctors must pass board certified licensing examinations in order to use the Naturopathic Doctor title. Current regulation is overseen by the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Ontario. 

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