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What does a naturopath do?

A naturopathic Doctor is a healthcare practitioner who applies natural therapies and treatments to help people achieve optimum health and wellness. Naturopathy is a form of medicine that emphasizes natural remedies such as nutrition, herbal supplements, lifestyle changes, stress reduction, exercise, and other holistic practices. It is a holistic treatment modality that takes into account the whole person when diagnosing and treating medical conditions. Naturopathic medicine can be used to treat a wide range of health issues, from chronic diseases to minor ailments. Naturopathy is a great option for those looking for an alternative approach to healthcare that is focused on the individual’s overall health and wellbeing. 

Symptoms that may appear in the body during a diseased state are an indicator of underlying issues. These can stem from dietary deficiencies, suboptimal nutritional intake, or environmental imperatives. Some examples include air pollution or radiation exposure, toxins ingested through contaminated food or water sources.

As practitioners of naturopathic medicine, it is essential that we afford our patients the opportunity for natural healing and minimize any potential side effects when addressing these conditions. Our qualified Naturopaths take a holistic approach to medicine, integrating standard diagnostics with a wide array of natural remedies and tailoring each patient’s treatment plan based on the physical, mental, emotional, genetic as well as environmental components in consideration. Ultimately seeking to understand the person as an entirety.

Common Naturopath treatments

Dietary Counseling & Supplementation

For our bodies to function at their best, it’s essential to have the right balance of various nutritional factors such as vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Our Naturopathic Doctors are dedicated to identifying nutritional or dietary deficiencies that may be affecting your physical and emotional well-being. Once identified, a personalized plan will be developed, including dietary adjustments and supplementation.

Herbal Medicine

Botanical (Herbal) Medicine involves using the healing properties of plants for therapeutic purposes. Plants have been utilized for medicinal purposes for millennia and are known to possess a diverse array of documented healing properties. Our Naturopathic Doctors are extensively trained and skilled in the use of herbal medicines to support the natural healing processes of the body. They integrate extensive historical knowledge and contemporary clinical research of herbal medicines to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to your individual health requirements.

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is considered one of the safest and least-invasive natural therapies. Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body’s innate ability to heal, helping to restore the body to a state of health. Homeopathic Medicine is highly individualized, taking into account all of the patient’s unique set of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. These remedies are made in much smaller, less toxic doses than traditional medications and if done correctly, can be safely administered to both children and adults without any side effects or adverse interactions.

Detoxification

Our bodies face a significant daily influx of toxins, which can result in various health issues over time as our bodies struggle to eliminate them. We evaluate the need and ability to detoxify for chronic health conditions, and also identify specific toxin accumulation through testing. Following this assessment, our Naturopathic Doctors will create a personalized detoxification plan to address your specific needs.

Most commonly asked questions about naturopathy

Why choose a naturopath?

Choosing a naturopath is an increasingly popular option for people looking to take control of their health and wellbeing. Naturopathic medicine is a holistic approach to health care, focusing on the individual to create unique treatment plans that address the underlying cause of disease. It is a safe, natural and effective way to restore balance and promote wellness through diet, lifestyle and lifestyle changes, botanical medicine, homeopathy and more.

What are some common conditions that can be treated by a naturopath?

Digestive issues
Fatigue
Headaches
Skin conditions
Stress management
Allergies
Autoimmune conditions
Sleep disorders
Pain management
Fertility
Detoxification
Anxiety
Depression
High Blood Pressure
High Blood Cholesterol
Diabetes
Musculoskeletal injuries
Disease Prevention and Immune System Management
Hormone and Reproductive Disorders (Women’s and Men’s Health)

What should I expect on my first visit with a Naturopathic Doctor?

Your first visit with your Naturopathic Doctor will consist of a 60-minute appointment where you can expect a thorough intake of your initial health concern or state of health as well as complaint-oriented physical exams when warranted (blood pressure, temperature, etc.). Naturopathic doctors can review any lab work you have and may suggest further lab work depending on your condition. A follow-up appointment will be booked as necessary, and an individualized treatment plan will be implemented. A treatment plan will depend on the diagnosis made in the prior visit, with a combination of lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, dietary modification, food sensitivity testing, DUTCH testing, acupuncture, or botanical resources you will reach your health goals and maintain a sustainable balance.

How much does it cost to see a naturopath?

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Are naturopaths covered by OHIP?

No, OHIP doesn’t cover naturopathic treatment. However, many extended health care plans do provide coverage for naturopathic visits. Please contact your insurance provider to see if they cover naturopathy.

Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated?

In Ontario, naturopaths are governed by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, which is a regulatory body responsible for ensuring that naturopaths possess the necessary knowledge, skills and judgement to provide safe and effective care to their patients. This registration requirement helps to protect patients and ensure that they receive the highest quality of care from qualified and competent naturopaths.

In the field of naturopathic medicine, the titles “ND”, “Naturopathic Doctor” and “naturopath” are legally protected. This means that only individuals who have met the necessary qualifications and training requirements are allowed to use these titles. Patients who seek the services of a naturopath can expect to receive care from a highly trained professional who has met comprehensive standards. These practitioners are held accountable by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario for their conduct and practice, ensuring that patients receive safe and effective care.

Award winning clinic in East Gwillimbury

We’ve won numerous awards for our services and we’re passionate about helping you recover, manage pain, or improve health naturally through our Naturopath services. Our clinic is located in East Gwillimbury and proudly serves residents of Newmarket, York region, and beyond. If you have any questions about Naturopathy, or if you’d like to make an appointment, please contact us at (905)251-0162 today.