What can I expect when I first visit an ND?
You will be asked to complete intake forms with questions designed to give the ND a well-rounded profile about you, including diet, emotions, stress, and exercise. All information given is confidential. During the initial consult, the ND will discuss with you your medical and family health history, as well as your current issues. A non-invasive physical exam will also be completed, as well as a test that measures, among other things, your hydration levels, your weight to height ratio, metabolic rate, and the toxicity of your cells. It may also be necessary to conduct blood and urine tests. The initial consultation lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours and can be at least partially covered by most extended health care plans. We accept cash, cheque, debit, MasterCard, and VISA forms of payment.
How often would I need to visit an ND?
It all depends on the needs of the patient, the extent of the problem, and the type of treatment involved. If acupuncture or Bowen is needed, weekly visits may be necessary for up to 6–8 weeks. Otherwise, follow-up visits occur from 1–6 months.
Can I see an ND if I already see a medical doctor and if I take prescription drugs?
Yes. NDs study pharmacology and the interactions between drugs, herbs, and botanicals. NDs will work with your medical doctor(s) to provide you with the best care possible.
Are naturopathic visits and treatments covered by OHIP?
Most extended health care insurance plans have coverage for naturopathic medicine. If you are not sure, contact your insurance company to find out what services are included in your plan. With your support it may be covered by OHIP in the near future, since alternative health treatments are becoming increasingly recognized.
Why should I get my vitamins and minerals and other supplements from a naturopathic doctor instead of a drugstore or grocery store?
The quality of the products you buy at a grocery store or drugstore is often quite less than what you will purchase at a naturopathic office. Generally, the more you pay, the higher the quality of the product and the more effective it will be. It is important that oils and herbal preparations in particular are good quality, because the quality can vary significantly between brands. Poor-quality oils can easily go rancid or contain heavy metals (you should keep your oils in the fridge, whether in liquid or capsule form), and herbs must be properly extracted to contain the maximum active ingredient.