Frequently Asked Questions About Naturopathic Medicine
Q: How are Naturopathic Doctors (ND's) trained?
Like a conventional doctor, dentist, or chiropractor, an ND is required to first complete pre-medical studies at university. NDs then enters into a four-year, full-time medical program at an accredited school of naturopathic medicine. There are two accredited Naturopathic medical programs in Canada:
- The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (New Westminster, British Columbia)
- The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, Ontario)
Naturopathic education includes training includes basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; naturopathic principles and therapeutics; and 1500 hours of clinical experience under the supervision of licensed naturopathic doctors. Upon successful completion of an accredited program, students are then eligible to sit for the second stage of the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX) and take provincial or state board examinations to obtain licensure. Graduates receive the title "N.D." or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. In Canada, naturopathic doctors are regulated in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Legislation is pending in Alberta and Nova Scotia.
Q. ND's provide 'Individualized Treatment', what does that mean? Is it safe?
Providing safe, effective, individualized treatment is the goal of Naturopathic medicine. Each patient has a unique story; history, genetics, dietary habits, lifestyle and associated health concerns. Your ND will work with you to determine the underlying cause(s) of your health concerns and create an individualized treatment plan to stimulate your body's innate healing ability. A primary role of the ND is that of teacher - patient's are informed and educated in order to make effective, knowledgable, self-care choices to prevent future illness and maximize health.
Naturopathic diagnosis and therapeutics are supported by scientific research drawn from peer-reviewed journals from many disciplines, including naturopathic medicine, conventional medicine, European complementary medicine, clinical nutrition, phytotherapy, pharmacognosy, homeopathy, psychology and spirituality. Treatments are also guided by epidemiological evidence, as indicated by centuries of traditional use, or practices, demonstrating both effectiveness and safety.
Q: What are the fees charged for Naturopathic care? Is it covered by insurance??
Please see our Contact and Fees page. Fees for Naturopathic visits are based on the CAND fee schedule. Please see the CAND website for more information to this and other questions you may have pertaining to Naturopathic Medicine.