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Naturopathic Medicine


Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct system of health care that addresses the root cause of illness and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. It supports your body's own healing ability using an integrated approach to diagnosis, treatment and prevention. 

Naturopathic doctors use a range of modalities, allowing them to develop a truly holistic and individualized treatment plan for every patient.

Naturopathic doctors have extensive education, including a pre-medical science degree and four years of training at an accredited naturopathic college.

Why visit a naturopathic doctor? 

Naturopathic Doctors can help guide patients on the path to optimizing health and overall well-being. Whatever your health goals are, including finding relief from a chronic condition, alleviating concerns about fatigue, stress, constipation, diarrhea, allergies, asthma, depression, anxiety, or simply improving your overall lifestyle and general health, your naturopathic doctor can help you meet your goals. The overall goal is to provide you with symptom relief and to work towards “a healthier you.”

What conditions can be treated with naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine can safely and effectively treat a number of conditions, both acute and chronic, such as:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Autoimmune disorders, including ALS, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease
  • Diabetes and blood sugar regulation
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fatigue/Low energy
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Immune disorders
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy symptoms
  • PMS
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress and related conditions
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Weight management

What should I expect in a naturopathic visit?

During your initial visit, your naturopathic doctor will gather information about your current health concerns and you will discuss your past medical history, family medical history, medications, supplements, stress, energy, sleep, digestion, diet and lifestyle. Your naturopathic doctor may request a copy of your most recent bloodwork and any other special tests that are relevant from your family doctor or specialist. This initial visit is 1.5 hours long and includes time for you to ask questions and have things explained in a way that makes sense to you. You’ll be sent home with a diet diary, any relevant questionnaires and some basic treatment recommendations.

Your second visit includes a screening physical exam, a review of your bloodwork, diet diary and completed questionnaires, and a urinalysis.  Your ND will determine whether any other testing is necessary and will implement a treatment plan complete with diet and lifestyle recommendations. This visit is usually 1 hour. Your treatment plan will be reflective of your level of commitment, will be based on your individual health goals and will take financial and time restrictions into account.

On follow-up visits, we will assess progress and continue to modify your treatment plan as needed.

Subsequent visits and ongoing treatment from a Naturopathic Doctor can include a range of modalities, including but not limited to:

  • Acupuncture
  • Asian medicine
  • Botanical medicine
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Detoxification
  • Homeopathic medicine
  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Physical medicine

Who can benefit from naturopathic treatment?

Anyone and everyone can benefit. Naturopathic medicine treats all forms of health concerns — from pediatric to geriatric, from acute symptoms to chronic illness and from the physical to the psychological.

Naturopathic medicine offers you the knowledge and support to take charge of your health. It’s a profession unique in its scope, combining the best of conventional and alternative medicine.

Do Extended Health Care Plans cover naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is covered by most extended health care plans. In some cases, you may require a prescription from your family doctor to be able to make a claim for naturopathic care. Each plan is unique, so it’s best to check with your plan.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, visit You can also visit the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors’ website at