About Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic approach to health. It is designed to treat the person as a whole (mind, body, spirit) and not just the disease.

It is the art and science of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease using natural therapies with a focus on optimizing health and well-being through individualized patient care and public education.

How can Naturopathic Medicine Help?

Naturopathic Doctors are general practitioners of natural medicine who deliver health care fallowing these Naturopathic principles:

  • Identify and treat the cause of disease and avoid suppression of symptoms
  • Respect and encourage the innate self-healing of the individual
  • Provide diagnosis and treatment with the least amount of force and symptom suppression.
  • Individualize treatment to unify and balance physical, mental and emotional well-being
  • Teach healthy lifestyle choices to prevent disease and promote well-being of each individual within a community and globally

    Who is a Naturopathic Doctor?

    Doctor of naturopathic medicine are specialists in natural medicine and preventive health care, integrating scientific knowledge with traditional healing wisdom. They are health-care professional who use safe, gentle, non-invasive therapies to assist the whole person in maximizing the body’s inherent self-healing capacity.

    What training does a Naturopathic Doctor receive?

    Naturopathic doctors are a regulated profession in Ontario. A licensed and registered ND has received at least 4 years of post-graduate training from an accredited naturopathic medical institution. Pre-admission requirements include three years of pre-medical studies at a university. Training includes basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; naturopathic principals and therapeutics; and extensive clinical experience under the supervision of licensed naturopathic doctors. Graduates receive the title “N.D.” or Naturopathic Doctor. Graduates must pass rigorous board examinations to be eligible to practice as a Naturopathic Doctor.

    What should I expect during a visit?

    The first visit with Tannaz is 1– 1.5 hours long and includes a thorough intake and physical examination. Any recent lab, imaging or other results will be evaluated and if more recent workup is required proper referral will be made. This visit is mostly information gathering for proper evaluation.

    The second visit is 45minutes long. During this visit a treatment plan will be discussed and started.

    Subsequent visits are also 45minutes long. You may expect weekly or bi-monthly visits at the start of your treatment.

    Are Naturopathic Services covered by OHIP

    Naturopathic Medicine is not covered through OHIP. However many private health insurance plans provide coverage for naturopathic treatments.