Frequently asked questions -naturopathic medicine

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What Payment Methods are Available?

We direct bill massage services to most extended health care plans set up through Telus Health or Green Shield. We do not accept WSIB or automobile (MVA) insurance claims.

For all other treatments, services programs, and products, you are required to pay by cash or debit at the time of your service. In some instances, E-transfers may be accepted.

Does OHIP cover services?

No, only through extended health care benefits. Check your policy or provider for coverage details. Direct billing to Greenshield and other Extended Health Insurance companies through Telus Health may be available. Ask us if your company may be included in these options. We are not a registered facility for WSIB or MVA claims.

How Is Naturopathic Medicine Different From Conventional (Allopathic) Medicine?

The primary differences between Naturopathic and conventional medicine is the philosophical approach to health and the therapies used. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) treat patients as individuals by addressing the lifestyle, mental emotional and environmental aspects of health. This allows your ND to find and treat the cause of the disease using natural, non-invasive therapies.

In contrast, conventional doctors generally address and treat the symptoms of disease, rather than the source of the illness, and use pharmaceutical therapies or surgery. Medical doctors (MDs) receive little training in nutrition and lifestyle counselling and are proficient at treating acute and emergent conditions; however, due to time restrictions and current doctor shortages MDs are unable to spend as much time with you as your ND. The ND visits range between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours which contrasts the average MD visit which is between 7-18 minutes.

How Are Naturopathic And Conventional Physicians Alike In Training?

Naturopathic and allopathic (conventional) physicians are required to study the biomedical sciences at a four-year accredited graduate medical school. Included in this rigorous curriculum are biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, neurology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, cardiology, minor surgery, and others. Both are required to complete a University undergraduate degree before completing further training at either a naturopathic college or medical school. Both kinds of physicians can diagnose a disease, predict its course, and prescribe treatment. The difference is in the methods of treatment prescribed. Naturopathic and conventional medicines are complementary and can co-exist.

What Treatments Do Naturopathic Doctors Use?

Through evaluation of the whole person, Naturopathic Doctors treat each patient individually using naturopathic treatments that may include nutritional recommendations and supplementation, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture, and other modalities. NDs use these treatments to support and cleanse the body returning it to a state of health and balance.

Is Naturopathic Medicine Scientific?

Yes. The effectiveness of Naturopathic Medicine is backed up by solid, controlled studies. Naturopathic Medicine has evolved and been refined over centuries and continues to grow and incorporate scientific advances. It is important to keep in mind that there can be a difference between clinical effectiveness and scientifically proven effectiveness. It is interesting to note that less than 20% of the procedures used in allopathic medicine have never been clinically verified. This does not mean that they are not good but simply that they have not yet been studied. In fact, the effectiveness of many naturopathic treatments reflects many decades of positive clinical results. Modern scientific studies are now validating the use of a variety of dietary supplements used by NDs, including fibre and probiotics for proper gastrointestinal health and essential fatty acids for the skin and menstrual irregularities. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine along with the many other accredited naturopathic institutions continue to perform state of the art studies that are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals to further research in Naturopathic medicine.

Is Naturopathic Medicine Cost-Effective?

Yes. Because NDs utilize a preventive approach that reduces the incidence of high-cost chronic conditions, naturopathic medicine reduces long-term health care costs.

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