FAQs

Does naturopathic medicine go by other names?

 Naturopathic medicine or naturopathic services are sometimes known as alternative therapy or complementary therapy. No matter what it is called, it is performed by a licensed naturopathic doctor.

Is Naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP?

Although Naturopathic services are not covered by OHIP, most private health insurance plans will provide coverage. Check your company benefits package or human resources for details.

Do you offer discounts?

We offer the following discounts:

  • Student rates – this includes highschool (ages 17+) & university students
  • Seniors rates – for patients 65+ years of age
  • Children’s rates – ages 0-16

*For more information, please contact our office.

Can my Naturopathic doctor do blood work?

Yes, Naturopathic doctors can draw blood and send it to a laboratory for analysis, performing the same tests that medical doctors have available to them. OHIP does not cover blood work requested by naturopaths; therefore, patients must pay the cost. Costs will vary depending on the test(s).

How is a Naturopathic doctor (ND) or Naturopath different from a Medical doctor (MD)?

Naturopathic doctors and Medical doctors undergo very similar levels of training. Both are required to complete an undergraduate university degree before completing further training at either a naturopathic college or medical school. Naturopathic and conventional medicines are complementary and can co-exist.

Medical doctors are trained to treat symptoms and specific illnesses with surgery and pharmaceuticals. They receive limited training in nutrition and lifestyle counseling. Medical doctors are proficient at treating timely and emergent conditions; however, due to time restrictions and current doctor shortages MDs are unable to spend as much time with you as your Naturopathic doctor.

Naturopathic doctors are trained to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms, with natural therapies and preventative medicine. Naturopathic doctors receive extensive training in nutritional medicine and lifestyle counseling, along with botanical, Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM), homeopathy, and physical therapies. Naturopathic doctors treat the root cause, as well as help us achieve and maintain a good quality of life and prevent disease.

What can my Naturopathic doctor treat?

Naturopathic doctors are primary care practitioners, like family medical doctors. As such, Naturopathic doctors are able to treat a variety of conditions ranging from acute conditions, e.g., ear infections, to chronic conditions, e.g., arthritis, but with naturopathic remedies. Individuals often have both a Medical doctor and a Naturopathic doctor.

What can’t my Naturopathic doctor do?

Naturopathic doctors are not able to perform surgery, set broken bones, order ultrasounds, x-rays, MRIs or CT scans. As well, they cannot be considered primary care practitioners for obstetric care or for infants under 6-weeks of age; however, Naturopathic doctors can provide complementary care to a woman and her infant during these times.

What can I expect at a typical first/second/third visit?

Your first visit with a Naturopath will take 90 minutes, so that you can discuss your medical and family history, your nutritional intake, stress level, daily lifestyle and exercise regime. Your Naturopathic doctor will perform a general physical examination on the first or second visit. Subsequent visits range from 30 – 60 minutes depending on the treatment program.

A Naturopathic doctor will take the time to investigate the underlying cause of any symptom, and to educate you about how you can take personal responsibility for your own health. You will work with your Naturopathic doctor to develop a customized treatment program. Your Naturopathic doctor is also trained to refer you to another healthcare provider when necessary.

Do you treat pets?

There are some Naturopathic doctors that are also licensed Veterinarians. These practitioners are specially trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of animals. They can use both conventional and naturopathic treatments with your pet.

How is a Naturopathic doctor different from a Homeopath?

A Naturopathic doctor uses a variety of treatment modalities, as described under “Services – Naturopathic”. Naturopathic doctors must complete an undergraduate degree at university as well as a four-year full-time Naturopathic Medicine Program at one of six accredited schools in North America . Naturopathic doctors in Ontario must be registered and licensed through the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy and are governed by the Drugless Practitioners Act (1925). They are in the process of becoming regulated under the Naturopathy Act (2007) and Regulated Health Practitioners Act (1991), by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. Naturopathic doctors must carry malpractice insurance.

Homeopaths use only homeopathy to treat their patients. They must have completed high school as well as a minimum of 2 years at either college or university. They are not required to have a university degree. The Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine offers 3 or 4 year programs which consist of 18 weekend classes each year. In Ontario , Homeopaths are regulated by the Transitional Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario, and will be licensed under the Homeopathy Act (2007) and Regulated Health Practitioners Act (1991).

How is Naturopathic medicine different from a “Holistic” practitioner?

Naturopathic doctors use a variety of treatment modalities, as described under “Services – Naturopathic”. A Naturopathic doctor must complete an undergraduate degree at university as well as a four-year full-time Naturopathic Medicine Program at one of six accredited schools in North America . Naturopathic doctors in Ontario must be registered and licensed through the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy and are governed by the Drugless Practitioners Act (1925). They must also carry malpractice insurance.

Naturopathic Perspectives has a variety of practitioners on its health care team providing our patients with optimal service and care. Feel free to inquire if our Registered Massage Therapists, Doula, Registered Consulting Nutritional Practitioner, Meditation and Yoga instructor, would be more than happy to assist you in your healing journey.

When looking for a professional in natural therapies, it is important to know whether your practitioner is licensed and therefore regulated under either the Drugless Practitioners Act (1925) or the Regulated Health Practitioners Act (1991). This guarantees that these professionals have been well educated and extensively trained in their field, and are recognized by the government and the healthcare community.

Can my Naturopathic doctor (ND) still practice traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) now that it is regulated by the Ontario government?

Yes. Naturopathic doctors are governed by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (BDDT-N) and TCM is well within our scope of practice.

Will my insurance plan cover certified holistic nutrition?

Yes, most extended health benefits cover visits with a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (RCNP). Alternatively, health insurance “flex plans” can be used. Please check your company’s benefits or human resources department for more details.