Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary health care that promotes optimal wellness and disease prevention. It is a form of medicine that can be used on its own, or in conjunction with conventional medicine. Whether you are healthy and looking to fine tune your health even more, or whether you have an acute or chronic disease, naturopathic medicine can help.
Naturopathic medicine addresses the root causes of illness, and supports the body's own healing abilities, using natural treatments and techniques such as homeopathy, Asian medicine and acupuncture, nutrition, spinal manipulation, herbal medicine, and lifestyle counselling.
In order to understand exactly what is happening in your body, so that I can customize a treatment plan for you, the first visit is very detailed. During that initial 2 hour visit, we go over each health concern in fine detail and then take an in-depth health history. A physical exam is performed, and lab tests may be requested. It is wise to bring in recent blood work and other diagnostic reports from your medical doctor, as this assists me in understanding your health status. At the end of the visit, an individucalized treatment plan is prescribed. During subsequent 1/2 hour to 45 minute visits, I review your progress and modify treatments as necessary. The visits are designed to allow time to establish a detailed understanding of your health history, contributing factors, current health status, and treatment progress.
You will get an individualized treatment plan catered specifically to your needs. No two people are exactly alike, and so no two treatments are the same. Your treatments will depend on your specific health concerns, your overall health, and the root causes of your issues.
While naturopathic medical visits are not covered by OHIP, they are covered by many extended health insurance policies. Fees are not billed directly to the insurance provider. However, at the end of the visit you are issued a receipt which can be submitted for reimbursement.