About Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of healthcare that addresses the root cause of illness and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. The focus of naturopathic medicine is on optimizing health and well-being through individualized patient care and public education.

Naturopathic medicine involves therapies which are gentle, non-invasive, and designed to support the body’s own healing mechanisms. These therapies include: clinical nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, botanical (herbal) medicine, physical medicine, and lifestyle counseling.

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.’s) are primary care providers with a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education. N.D.’s are required to complete three years of pre-med university education followed by four years at an approved college of naturopathic medicine. Following graduation from the naturopathic program, candidates must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario.

Naturopathic Doctors work in partnership with other regulated healthcare providers to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible.

Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated in Ontario?

Yes, N.D.’s are regulated in Ontario under the 1991 Regulated Health Professions Act and are licensed by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). The CONO functions to ensure that Naturopathic Doctors are properly qualified to practice naturopathic medicine, and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice.

What sorts of conditions can be treated by a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary healthcare practitioners who provide treatment for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Examples include but are not limited to: allergies, colds and flu, skin conditions, weight problems, stress, depression, digestive disturbances, addictions, arthritis, headaches, ear infections, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and pain.

Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by OHIP?

Naturopathic medicine is not currently covered by OHIP. However, many insurance companies offer “Naturopathic Coverage” as part of the extended health benefits. Check with your insurance provider for more information.


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