Frequently Asked Questions
Naturopathy is a distinct form of primary health care that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine views the individual’s total lifestyle as a key factor in increasing overall health and well-being. Based on prevention and the root cause of illness, Naturopathy also addresses emotional aspects so healing can occur at a deeper level and boost the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Naturopathic Medicine uses the least invasive, most physiologically supportive methods possible, carefully chosen after a personalized analysis of your health needs. The ultimate goal of Naturopathic Medicine is prevention. This is accomplished through education and the promotion of lifestyle habits that create good health. A doctor will assess risk factors and hereditary susceptibility then design appropriate interventions to avoid further harm or disease.
Similar to their medical counterparts, Naturopathic Doctors are general practitioners trained in the clinical and laboratory diagnosis of disease. The biggest difference is that Naturopathic Doctors are specialists in natural medicine, preventative care, and the integration of modern scientific knowledge with traditional healing wisdom. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to identify and treat the underlying causes of disease rather than focus on the symptoms. The patient is viewed as a whole person so that physical, mental, emotional and spiritual factors are considered when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.
Naturopaths encourage collaboration with conventional medical doctors as each has something complementary to offer. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to refer patients to other health care practitioners, where appropriate, and most frequently cross-refer. Health is a complex issue and therefore warrants multiple approaches in some situations.
Naturopathic treatments are based on traditional natural approaches using modern scientific knowledge. The most common include:
Nutrition Good nutrition provides the body with vital building blocks. Personalized diets, vitamin and mineral supplements, and enzymatic therapies may be used to promote health, address deficiencies and treat disease processes. Education about healthy food choices is also emphasized.
Botanical Medicine The use of plant based medicines and compounds may be beneficial for certain conditions. A Naturopathic Doctor is trained to identify the interactions between herbs, medications and supplements.
Asian Medicine/Acupuncture Traditional medicinal formulas and cupping therapies are used to restore balance in the body.
Homeopathy A form of natural medicine that originated in Europe, Homeopathy is based on the energetic properties of naturally-derived substances that help the body expel disease and attain balance. Homeopathic products do not interact with medications, herbs or supplements.
Lifestyle Counselling Lifestyle is relevant to many health problems. A Naturopathic Doctor will help you identify risk factors and make recommendations to help you optimize your physical, mental and emotional well-being, as well as provide knowledge to empower you to improve your overall health and prevent illness.
Physical Medicine A variety of hands-on techniques may be recommended for spine, joint and soft tissue symptoms. These include the therapeutic application of heat, cold, sound, and light. Electrotherapy, ultrasound, hydrotherapy, therapeutic exercise and Naturopathic manipulative therapy are also proven approaches to healing and pain management.
The above information is only meant as a brief introduction to Naturopathic Medicine. If you would like additional information, please do not hesitate to ask Dr. Amauri.
YOU CAN ALSO FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM THE FOLLOWING SITES:
• College of Naturopaths
• Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
• Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Naturopathic ideology approaches each individual as a vital whole with an emphasis on overall health and disease prevention.
This holistic approach uses many different treatment modalities and practitioners may recommend the incorporation of conventional medicine, when indicated.
The roots of Naturopathy stretch back to the Nature Cure Movement of Europe and its modern practice is professionally governed in Ontario by The Coalition for Naturopathic Medicine: an alliance of College of Naturopaths – Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors; Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors; and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
With a focus on the philosophy of natural self-healing, rather than specific methods, Naturopathic practitioners employ a multi-treatment approach with a concentration on the following:
• Diet & Nutrition
• Acupuncture/ Chinese Medicine
• Herbal Medicine
• Physical Medicine
• Lifestyle Counselling and Prevention
At this time, naturopathic services are not covered by OHIP. You maybe covered under an enhanced health insurance plan provided by your employer.
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