Kew Beach
Naturopathic Clinic

1986 Queen St. East, # 207
Toronto, Ontario M4L 1J2

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  NaturoFAQ


"NaturoFAQs" are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about naturopathic medicine, naturopathic doctors and your general health and wellness!



1.
Is homeopathic medicine different from naturopathic medicine?
Homeopathic medicine is one of the therapies that naturopathic doctors integrate into a total treatment program.  A homeopathic practitioner, however, would use only a homeopathic approach.  Naturopathic doctors are the only health care professionals trained in homeopathy as part of their standard educational program and examined in homeopathy for licensing purposes.

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2. How do I know when I need naturopathic treatment and not conventional medical treatment?
Anybody can visit an ND for a multitude of health concerns, both chronic and acute health conditions.
NDs practice in conjunction with traditional MDs to provide complete healthcare for a patient. NDs are well trained to recognize and treat within their scope of practice and know which cases require referral to another medical practitioner.


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3. Does a naturopathic doctor treat the same conditions as a medical doctor? 
Absolutely!  NDs are primary healthcare practitioners with extensive training in all of the basic medical sciences as well as the art and practice of naturopathic medicine. NDs are also trained in pharmacology (the study of prescription drug therapy).  Although NDs do not prescribe drugs, it is critical for the ND to be educated in pharmacology to ascertain whether the possibility of drug / herb / vitamin interaction is possible in a case.  This way, an ND will know which vitamins, minerals, and herbs will mix appropriately and safely with any prescription drugs you may be taking. 

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4. Is naturopathic medicine covered by group health insurance plans? 
Yes. As more individuals choose complementary and alternative medicine to address their health concerns, a growing number of insurance companies offer coverage as part of their extended health plan.  Call your health insurance company to check the amount of your coverage.

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5. Is naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP?
Naturopathic medicine IS covered by most extended health insurance policies (check with your, or your spouse's, health insurance company for amounts).  Currently, OHIP does not cover naturopathic treatment.

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6. If you're currently getting treatment from a medical doctor can you also visit a naturopathic doctor?
Absolutely!  This enables a patient to have access to complete healthcare and well being. NDs and MDs can work together for the well being of the patient.

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7. Is naturopathic medicine safe?

The safety record for naturopathic medicine is excellent.  This makes sense given the emphasis on non-toxic, natural source medicines and gentle, non-invasive treatments.  Side effects are rare and NDs are highly knowledgeable about contraindications between naturopathic remedies and conventional medicines.
In addition, NDs are trained to recognize conditions which are outside their scope of practice and to refer to other health practitioners when it is appropriate to do so.

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8.
Is naturopathic medicine scientific?
Thousands of modern clinical studies have validated a variety of natural medicines used by NDs:  Echinacea for the immune system and St. John�s Wort for depression are just two examples.  Naturopathic schools encourage and facilitate research.

It is important to note that, since most naturopathic remedies are not patentable, manufacturers find little financial incentive in costly scientific studies.  Thus, funding from independent sources is essential for scientific validation of naturopathic treatments.

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9. How are naturopathic doctors trained?

Naturopathic Doctors take a minimum of three years premedical studies at university, followed by four years at a recognized naturopathic medical school.  The education encompasses basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics, and 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.  Graduates must also pass rigorous standardized examinations to qualify for practice and obtain a license and �ND� designation.

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10. Do naturopathic doctors interact with other health professionals?

Naturopathic treatments are often combined with conventional medical treatments.  It is very common to find Naturopathic Doctors working with other health professionals for the good of the patient.  NDs also refer patients to other practitioners including medical doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, and midwives.

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