Q: What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
A: Naturopathic doctors are provincially-regulated health care providers. With extensive education, NDs integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. NDs are eclectic, each with a slightly different approach, but they all believe that balancing the mind, body and environment is the path to optimal health because it supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Q: Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated in Ontario?
A: Yes. Naturopathic doctors are regulated in Ontario under the RHPA (Regulated Health Practitioners Act) and are licensed by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. CONO’s mandate is to ensure that Naturopathic Doctors are properly qualified to practice naturopathic medicine and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice. Registration with the governing body helps ensure that NDs have the knowledge, skill and judgment to carry out their role.
For information on the requirements to practice in Ontario, please visit the websites of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, or the College of Naturopaths of Ontario
Q: What conditions can Naturopathic Doctors treat?
A: Naturopathic Medicine treats many types of health concerns: acute or chronic illnesses. There are usually 3 cases where people seek naturopathic medical care. These include:
- Patients looking for disease prevention and health promotion strategies
- Patients that have a wide range of symptoms that cannot be addressed by their other healthcare practitioners
- Patients that are looking for alternative treatments for conditions which they have been diagnosed with.
Individuals looking for disease prevention and health promotion recognize that health is a lifelong process that requires regular body maintenance. Just like you take your car in to get its oil changed, your body also needs a regular check up to keep it running smoothly.
Q: What does a visit look like and how do I proceed?
A: Please see our What to Expect page.
Q: How often do I have to see a Naturopathic Doctor?
A: After a treatment plan has been initiated, variables that will influence frequency of visits include your compliance to the protocol, how complex your health concerns and health goals are, and how your body responds to the prescriptions.
Unfortunately, there is not a set pattern to treatment plan, as every person is unique, and responds differently to treatment – in Naturopathic Medicine, we respect a person’s inherent individuality and attempt to work in harmony with it.
As a general pattern, treatments are more frequent initially, and as your health improves, frequency of visits diminish.
Q: How do I book an Appointment?
A: Please contact us by calling 416-466-4438 at Don Valley Health and Wellness