Modern naturopathic medicine brings together the best of current scientific knowledge and several traditional and natural forms of treatment (link to treatments section, or say “see below”). Naturopathic medicine treats you as a whole person, and therefore gets to the underlying cause of disease, by taking into account your unique genetic, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. It puts your health back into your hands by providing you with the knowledge and tools you need to feel better and prevent future illness. Your questions will always be answered, and your input welcomed.
Your First Visit With a Naturopathic Doctor
What to Expect:
Your first visit will be 90 minutes long. You will have the opportunity to tell the ND all your concerns, and you will be asked a lot of questions! Your ND may perform a physical exam and/or order laboratory testing if needed. Your ND will talk to you about your diagnosis and personalized treatment options, and answer any questions that you have. The naturopathic doctor-patient relationship is collaborative; your input and questions will always be welcomed.
In order to offer you continuity of care, it’s highly recommended that you book your second 30-minute visit at the same time as your initial visit. The suggested time frame is 2 weeks between the initial appointment and second visit. This time between visits will allow your doctor to research and integrate the information from your initial appointment and expand on treatment recommendations ensuring best possible care.
Your future follow-up visits will be determined once you meet with the doctor.
We believe that the Naturopathic doctor -patient relationship is one that is developed over time and it is through this partnership that true optimal health and disease prevention is achieved.
How to Make the Most of Your Appointment:
There are several things you can do to get the most out of your one-on-one time with your ND.
- Have your paperwork (i.e. your intake forms) completed before you arrive, or even better, email them to your ND ahead of time. If you can’t get them done in advance, please arrive 20 minutes early to your appointment. Naturopathic intake forms tend to be lengthier than most, and you can avoid spending part of your appointment filling out forms by coming prepared!
- Bring copies of any recent bloodwork or imaging results, if you have them. This will help your ND assess you.
- Bring a list of your questions and concerns, so that you don’t forget anything. We want to make sure that you leave with a thorough understanding of your health and treatment options.
Wondering if Naturopathic Medicine can help you? Here are some commonly treated conditions and reasons that people visit an ND.
Acne, adrenal fatigue, allergies, anti-aging, anxiety, autoimmune conditions, breast Health, candida, supportive cancer care and prevention, colds and flus, depression, detoxification, digestive concerns, eczema, endometriosis, fertility, fibroids, food allergies, headaches, heartburn, high blood cholesterol, hormonal imbalances, hypertension (high blood pressure), irritable bowel diseases, inflammatory bowel syndrome, insomnia, lactation concerns, menopause, menstrual irregularities, nutritional deficiencies, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, pain management, PCOS, pediatric care, peri-natal care, PMS, postnatal care, preconception planning, preventive care, stress management, thyroid disease, weight management
The ND’s Treatment Tool Kit
Nutrition and lifestyle modification: Diet, exercise, and general lifestyle are the foundations of health, and can have a profound effect on how you feel. You’ve probably noticed, however, that there is an abundance of conflicting information out there about what you should eat, how you should exercise, etc. The reality is that there is no single diet or exercise routine that works best for everyone. NDs can help you find, implement, and stick to an approach that will have you feeling great.
Botanical Medicine: For thousands of years, people from all over the world have used their local plants as medicine for all sorts of ailments. NDs are trained in the traditional uses of many plants, as well as the current scientific research on botanical medicine. Treatment with botanicals can include the use of tinctures, teas, capsules or tablets, powders, or topical treatments (such as creams or lotions).
Nutritional Supplementation: There are a LOT of supplements available on the market these days, and it can be incredibly confusing to navigate them. NDs can help clarify whether or not any vitamins, minerals, or other supplements will be helpful for you, how much is safe to take, and how you can find quality product options.
Acupuncture and Asian Medicine: The traditional Asian medical system, which has existed for thousands of years, views disease as an imbalance of forces (Ying and Yang) or a blockage in the flow of the body’s vital energy (Qi). Bringing the body back to health requires restoring the balance, or removing the blockage. Treatment may include diet, acupressure, herbs, massage, or acupuncture.
With acupuncture, very small and thin needles are inserted into specific points in the body. Many people assume that acupuncture must be painful, but this is not true! In fact, the majority of our patients describe the experience as very relaxing and enjoyable. Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of concerns, such as pain, fertility, insomnia, digestion problems, and many more.
Homeopathy: Homeopathy is a system of medicine that makes use of dilutions of plant, animal, and mineral substances that stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Remedies are chosen according to your specific set of symptoms, and may be prescribed for either acute or chronic concerns.
Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained professionals who have completed a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education, including a four-year degree in naturopathic medicine.
For a more complete understanding of the training NDs receive, see HERE.
Naturopathic medicine is a recognized health profession in Ontario, and is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act. All of our NDs have graduated from an accredited college, and are registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
**Description courtesy of Canadian Association of Naturopathic MedicineGo back to Services