What is Naturopathic Care?

What is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?

Naturopathic doctors are educated and trained in accredited naturopathic medical colleges. They diagnose, prevent, and treat acute and chronic illness to restore and establish optimal health by supporting the person's inherent self-healing process. Rather than just suppressing symptoms, naturopathic doctors work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to address them.

What conditions do Naturopathic Doctors (ND's) treat?

Naturopaths treat both acute and chronic conditions. NDs treat the whole person, rather than only treating a disease or its symptoms, aiming to help people maintain a balanced state of good health. Offering preventive and natural health for your whole family, from pediatrics to geriatrics, ND's can address many health conditions, including:

  • Cold and flu
  • Injuries
  • Sleep disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Digestive disorders
  • Mental health issues
  • Integrative cancer care

What to Expect at a Naturopathic Medicine Visit

Your first visit is scheduled for 90 minutes. The appointment includes a thorough review of your health history, your health concerns and your lifestyle. The doctor will then conduct an in-depth verbal interview about your health and any areas of concern. Follow-up appointments are scheduled for 45 minutes. NDs may perform physical examinations, laboratory testing, gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, and allergy testing. They may order x-ray, ultrasounds, other imaging procedures, and other diagnostic tests. In addressing your illness or efforts to optimize wellness, you may be prescribed: