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Frequently Asked Questions About Naturopathic Medicine

If you’re new to the world of naturopathy, you may have some questions about how the whole process works. And if you’ve experienced naturopathic care before, you may be looking for some information about Dr. Negin’s practice in general.

Either way, this page aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about naturopathic medicine.

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Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive approach to health care. Its practitioners, called naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained to diagnose many different types of conditions, much like your family doctor does. The difference, though, is that naturopathic medicine aims to find the underlying cause of health concerns, while medical doctors often treat only the symptoms.

The tenets of naturopathic medicine are as follows:

  • First, do no harm. Naturopathic Doctors use the least invasive and most organic therapies available.
  • Trust in the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
  • Treat the cause, rather than suppress the symptoms.
  • Educate patients, and empower them. A naturopathic doctor acts as a teacher as well as a practitioner.
  • Treat the whole person, addressing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual illness.
  • Focus on overall health and prevention – proactive care as much as possible, not reactive.

Naturopathic doctors go through a minimum of seven years of post secondary education, and receive the title ND, from an accredited institution.

Dr. Negin holds a Doctor of Naturopathic degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and as such is licensed to practice naturopathic medicine in Ontario.

The College of Naturopaths of Ontario maintains a registry of who is and isn’t accredited to practice as a naturopathic doctor. You can find that registry here.

In short, yes.

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Naturopathic doctors can help with a variety of health issues. This includes:

  • Chronic illnesses (heart disease, some digestive issues, skin conditions, arthritis, etc.)
  • Acute illnesses (colds & flu, headaches, intestinal issues)
  • Women’s issues (menstrual issues, menopause, pregnancy, fertility, endometriosis, etc.)
  • Weight management
  • Mental & emotional concerns (anxiety, stress, insomnia)
  • And others.

If you’re suffering from one of the above conditions, Dr. Negin may be able to help. Contact her for a FREE Wellness Consultation (should we remain consistent and call them all FREE Wellness Consult? Again, if this was intentional, I trust you) to find out more about your options.

While it always helps to have a positive attitude when approaching something new, the tenets of naturopathic medicine have been developed based on the scientific method. Much like medical doctors, naturopathic doctors rely heavily on lab testing and scientific analysis.

Put simply, naturopathic medicine works whether you believe it or not.

Because of naturopathy’s focus on treating the root cause, on doing no harm, and on non-invasive, natural treatments, it is considered a very safe treatment option.

Of course. Dr. Negin can work alongside your medical doctor, as well as any other health practitioners on your team (chiropractors, dentists, osteopaths, physiotherapists, etc.) to ensure you receive the best-rounded approach to health possible.

Naturopathic treatment, as a rule, rarely conflicts with modern western medicine, but making your naturopathic doctor and your medical doctor aware of each others’ treatment can help you receive the highest quality overall treatment.

Currently, naturopathic treatment is not covered by OHIP. It is covered, though, by most extended health benefits packages. Consult your individual package for details.

During your first visit, Dr. Negin will spend some time getting to know you and your health history, so it’s generally longer than follow up visits. She will find out your full health history, give you a physical examination, request your most recent lab work and make suggestions for additional lab work, and provide you with a treatment plan.

If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to contact Dr. Negin for more information. You can also book a FREE Health Clarity Session with Dr. Negin to gain a better understanding of naturopathic medicine and have your questions answered.

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