Dr. Tahira Jiwani - Naturopathic Physician - Natural Health Care

FAQs

Is Dr. Jiwani a Medical Doctor?
Dr. Jiwani has a Bachelor of Science degree from UBC and completed her other 4 years in Toronto, Ontario where she accomplished her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. She is trained in the science, diagnosis and drugs of pharmaceutical medicine. She is also trained in the art & science of natural therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, dietary & lifestyle counseling, homeopathy and body work. Approximately 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience is completed before graduation. Since 1997, Dr. Jiwani has shared her knowledge and skills with her patients, through clinical private practice and various media participation. (See Biography page)

Naturopathic Physicians Practice Differently. What is Dr. Jiwani’s Approach?
Dr. Jiwani uses her years of experience as a naturopathic physician using science-based, researched natural treatments to resolve your symptoms by addressing your causes to create individualized care with a personalized treatment approach specific to you. During your consultation, Dr. Jiwani listens to all of your symptoms; discusses the causes of your symptoms with you, and how you can resolve your health concerns together.

What Does MSP Cover?
MSP has recently limited coverage for naturopathic physicians as of October 2003. For most recent, updated information about eligibility for assistance, please contact Medical Services Plan.

Will My Extended Health Plan cover Any Of The Fees?
Every company is different. Ask your human resources department for your percentage and maximum dollar amount for coverage for visits, testing and acupuncture, as some common things are often covered up to your limit.

What Can Naturopathic Medicine Do For My Condition?
Naturopathic medicine encompasses the science of diagnosis and the art of traditional medicine. Thus, symptoms are viewed to find the underlying cause(s), which are then rectified through the varied, gentle therapeutic medicines or techniques. Ultimately, the goal is to improve health, as symptoms are often indicators that the body is not functioning optimally. Thus, treatment through supporting the body's natural healing ability facilitates treatment and prevention of many chronic and debilitating diseases. It is important to know that your improvement is based on your commitment to feeling better.

Will Dr. Jiwani Work With My Own GP?
Yes, naturopathic medicine is complementary to the practice of conventional medicine. It is optimal if you have the best of both worlds. M.D.'s treat the debilitated and severely ill. N.D.’s treat illness through means that naturally enhance the body's healing processes, and teach you how to optimize health and prevent disease.

Are You a Medical Doctor as Well?
No. The term N.D. refers to Naturopathic Doctor, not Medical Doctor.

What Is Dr. Jiwani's Educational Background?
Dr. Jiwani graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1997. She received her Bachelor of Science (Pre-med) majoring in Human Nutrition at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She had been practicing full time in West Vancouver since Oct. 1997, and opened another practice in North Surrey in May 1999, which then moved from Delta to Fleetwood. Dr. Jiwani now works full-time in her clinic Natural Therapeutics Health Centre Inc. Please refer to the map on this website for our location or call 604 585 7786 to schedule your initial consultation.

Is Naturopathic Medicine Regulated in B.C.?
Yes there is a College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. that is self-regulated. Entrance exams must be passed to practice in B.C. and continuing education hours are required on a yearly basis to maintain one's license. Please be aware that you have to be a licensed and regulated member to use the title Naturopathic Physician, or Dr._____, N.D. This title represents naturopathic physicians with usually a pre-med bachelor’s degree, a total of approximately 8 years of education, many hours of clinical internship, licensing exams and continual education to maintain their licensure, which is under constant supervision by a government-approved regulatory body. Beware of those who claim to be doctors of natural health. The correct terminology for a licensed regulated naturopathic doctor would be Naturopathic Physician, Naturopathic Doctor or Dr. _________, N.D. Dr. Tahira Jiwani has a pre-med Bachelor’s degree at University of British Columbia, and her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently licensed and regulated by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia.

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