Naturopathic Medicine addresses the root cause of illness rather than just symptoms and promotes health and healing through natural therapies. Alternative medicine is a successful non-invasive way to prevent acute and chronic illness as well as reduce reliance upon prescription medications (and all of their side effects). Alternative medicine aims to boost your immune system, prevent and treat both acute and chronic diseases and increase your energy level. (NDOntario, 2013)
Naturopathic Doctors are licensed and regulated to be your primary health care provider or work in coordination with your medical doctor as part of your life-long health care team. NDs use a comprehensive approach to assist patients in disease prevention and management while improving overall health.
As primary care practitioners, Naturopaths are trained to handle a variety of health issues and concerns. Committed to supporting your body’s innate instinct to heal, NDs look beyond treating and suppressing symptoms to determine the root cause of your illness. Naturopathic doctors specialize in early diagnosis and treatment and are experts in prevention. With a wide range of therapies and a collaborative community at their fingertips, Naturopaths provide comprehensive, individualized primary care with you at the centre of it, not your illness. (NDOntario, 2013)
ND Education & Regulation
From 1925 to June 2015, Ontario’s Naturopathic Doctors were regulated under the Drugless Practitioners Act. As of July 1st 2015 with the focus of the healthcare system shifting towards wellness and prevention, NDs joined colleagues such as Medical Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to be regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act.
As with conventional medicine, Naturopathic training requires three years of undergraduate pre-medical sciences and a four-year full-time program in health sciences, Naturopathic principles and modalities. Upon completion of the regulatory board exams, including the NPLEX, Naturopathic Doctors are required to maintain their competency by meeting continuing education requirements.
With their extensive training and clear standards of practice, NDs collaborate with other healthcare practitioners through consultation and, with health issues that are beyond their scope of practice, referral. (NDOntario.com, 2013)
Why Visit A Naturopath?
NDs spend more time with you in order to provide a thorough assessment of your current health and understand your health goals. Naturopaths do not provide "in-and-out" health care.
Naturopaths use the most gentle and effective treatments possible. Our aim is to tap into the power of your body to heal itself.
Naturopaths are thorough and attentive in order to get to know you as a person, create a health history, and tailor a treatment plan that is as unique as you are.
NDs believe that the body, mind, and soul are interconnected and that treatment should reflect this.
A Healthy Investment
While visiting a Naturopath is not covered under OHIP, most employers offer coverage for Naturopathic care. For those without coverage, a visit to a Naturopath should be considered as an investment in one's health. Naturopathic Doctors strive to provide the highest-quality service and support for patients. You are investing in a relationship with a health practitioner with the goal of helping you achieve your health goals and maintain optimal health.
As primary care practitioners, Naturopaths are trained to handle a variety of health issues and concerns. However an area where NDs are leaders in health is in prevention. Naturopathic Doctors take the time necessary to understand your current health, health history as well as familial health history to make suggestions or plan treatments to affect positive change and in some cases reverse the progression of chronic illness. An understanding of your lifestyle choices may also provide insight to future health considerations. (NDOntario, 2013)
Frequently Asked Questions
Are my visits covered by health insurance?
Most insurance policies cover Naturopathic medicine, but each one does it a little differently, so it is important to check your particular policy. Kingston Natural Route Health does not bill insurance companies directly, so you have to pay for your visit after it is finished, and then submit your claims to your insurance company. OHIP does not cover Naturopathic medicine.
What sets you apart from other practicioners?
All of the Naturopathic Doctors in Kingston are excellent, but there are a few things that set us apart: We outline your treatment plan on your initial visit so that you know exactly the time and financial investment you will be making in your health. Our clinic has abundant, hassle-free parking. Our online dispensary allows us to access the exact brand of supplement or herb that we think will benefit you most, rather than having to choose from a limited selection.
How many treatments are necessary?
Each patient that comes to Kingston Natural Route Health receives an individualized treatment plan. The number of treatments you require is dependent on many factors: your health concerns and goals, your optimal level of support and the most appropriate treatments for you. We do not know until talking to you how many visits you will need, but we will outline how many visits we recommend for the period of the treatment plan so that you know by your second appointment how many visits to expect. Additionally, we aim to be your Naturopathic Doctors for life, just as you would stick with a family doctor. At the very least, we like to see you once a year to do your screening physical exam and repeat your screening blood tests.
What do I get when I pay for Naturopathic care?
You get the best medicine available! Naturopathic Doctors take the time to listen to your concerns in order to find the root cause and to develop an individualized treatment plan to get the results you are seeking. No other healthcare profession has the medical foundation plus the knowledge of natural treatments that Naturopathic Doctors have.