What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary health care that promotes wellness, restores health, and prevents illness or disease. Naturopathic doctors integrate conventional medical diagnoses and treatments with natural therapies. Naturopathic physicians aim to address the underlying causes of illness rather than just the symptoms, and support the innate ability of the body to stimulate its very own healing power. Looking at the patients’ past health history and current concerns, including psychological, physiological, spiritual, environmental, and lifestyle factors, the Naturopathic Doctor will create an individualized treatment plan tailored specifically to the patient’s needs. Naturopathic treatments may include clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical treatments, acupuncture and Asian medicine, lifestyle counseling, or a combination of these.


Naturopathic Doctors manage a variety of health concerns and conditions, including (but not limited to):

  • Allergies

  • Asthma

  • Cardiovascular Disease (High blood pressure/ cholesterol)

  • Diabetes (Type II)

  • Digestive Disorders (Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, crohn’s, colitis, GERD, food intolerances)

  • Generalized Health Promotion

  • Headaches & Migraines

  • Hormone Imbalances (Thyroid, adrenal)

  • Immune System (Cold’s & flus)

  • Insomnia

  • Mental Health (Anxiety, depression, stress)

  • Acute and Chronic Pain Management (MSK, arthritis, fibromyalgia)

  • Skin Disorders (acne, psoriasis, eczema)

  • Weight Loss

  • Women’s Health (Hormone testing, PCOS, uterine fibroids, cancer prevention, menstruation)



Do I Have Coverage for Naturopathic Medicine?

Although OHIP does not currently cover visits to a naturopathic doctor, most extended healthcare plans include naturopathic medicine. Check with your employer or individual insurance provider today to see the amount of your coverage.



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