What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary health care providers and can effectively treat both acute and chronic health conditions. The focus of ND’s is on treating the whole person and isn’t focused solely on symptom relief. The body has an amazing innate ability to heal itself, and symptoms that you experience are your body’s way of telling you that something is out of balance. Naturopathic Medicine tries to realign your body, to alleviate the cause of disease, rather than just symptom management. Naturopathic Doctors use individualized treatments to initiate your body’s own healing strength. The result is a safe, effective, and long lasting treatment that strengthens your body’s resistance to disease.

How are Naturopathic doctors trained?

Naturopathic doctors must complete a minimum of 3 years of undergraduate studies before starting the rigorous 4-year full time Naturopathic program at one of the 5 accredited schools in North America. After completion of the program ND’s must pass 4 days of board certified examinations in order to apply for their licence.

What can I expect during a visit with a Naturopathic doctor?

Your initial naturopathic consultation with Dr. Jodie Peacock, BSc, ND will take approximately 75 minutes. It includes a comprehensive intake including medical history and a thorough discussion of your health concerns as well as a complaint-oriented physical examination. If any laboratory tests are required to assist in making a diagnosis, they will be discussed at that time. The purpose of the initial visit is to get to know you as a whole person and to take in to account all of your symptoms or concerns whether they are physical, mental, or emotional before working with you to tailor an individual treatment plan. The first follow up visit will be 45 minutes in length and will include a screening physical exam as well as ample time to discuss your individualized treatment plan. Subsequent follow up consultations will take 30 minutes and their number and frequency will be dependent upon the condition being treated.

How many times should I expect to see a Naturopathic doctor in order to get better?

Since every individual is different, the number and frequency of follow-up visits will depend on the severity of the condition, how long you have had it, your vitality, and your dedication to getting better. Subsequent visits are extremely important so that your Naturopathic doctor can monitor your progress, update your treatment protocol, and discuss any concerns that you may have.

Can I receive Naturopathic treatment even if I am on prescription medication?

Yes. Registered Naturopathic doctors have received training in pharmacology and have extensive knowledge of drug-nutrient-herb interactions

Are Naturopathic doctor visits covered by OHIP?

OHIP does not cover visits to Naturopathic doctors. However, most extended health insurance plans include coverage for naturopathic medicine. Contact your insurance provider to find out what type of coverage you have.

What Kinds of Treatments Can I Expect?

Clinical Nutrition
Nutrition is vital to health as it provides us with a strong foundation to support our bodies. Specific dietary changes, as well as the use of certain nutritional supplements may be used to promote health, address deficiencies and treat disease processes. Education about healthy food choices is also emphasized.

Botanical (Herbal) Medicine
The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginning of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. Plant substances can be used alone or in combination to influence the same metabolic pathways upon which pharmaceutical drugs work. Naturopathic doctors are well trained to identify the interactions between herbs, prescription medications and supplements.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine includes the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to promote healing and to balance body functions. Acupuncture refers to the insertion of sterilized needles through the skin into underlying tissues at specific meridian points. This system has been practiced for over three thousand years and is one of the oldest forms of medicine.

Homeopathic Medicine
This gentle yet effective system of medicine is more than 200 years old and is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’. Homeopathic medicines are very small doses of natural substances that can stimulate the body’s self-healing response. Homeopathy focuses on finding the root cause by assessing all the symptoms a person presents with, whether they are mental, emotional, or physical.

Lifestyle Counselling
Many diseases have been linked to our busy lifestyles (reduced exercise habits, stress, environmental factors, etc.). By gradually improving our daily habits, we can increase our energy, improve our overall health and prevent disease from occurring.

Intravenous Therapy
Several conditions can be greatly improved using intravenous therapies. Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, inflammatory bowel diseases, depressed immune systems and chronic pain are a few of the conditions that can be treated using intravenous therapies.

What health conditions can Naturopathic Medicine treat?

Virtually all conditions (acute or chronic) can benefit from treatment by a ND. People of all ages can be helped. Health concerns such as:

Chronic Conditions:

  • Asthma and Allergies
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Arthritis & Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypertension, High Cholesterol
  • Digestive Disorders: Constipation, Crohn’s Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Heartburn/Reflux
  • Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Rosacea
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Stress and Adrenal Fatigue
  • Insomnia

Acute Conditions:

  • Colds and Flu
  • Ear and Throat Infections
  • Headaches
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Trauma, Injury
  • Tendonitis, bursitis

Women’s Health Issues:

  • Menopausal problems
  • PMS, Menstrual disorders and irregularities
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Endometriosis, Fibroids

Pediatrics:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Aspergers’ syndrome
  • Frequent colds or flu’s
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Eczema, allergies, asthma

Other:

  • Cleansing and Detoxification
  • Weight Issues/ Body composition
  • Smoking Cessation

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