What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is health care that treats the underlying cause of disease. It utilizes the art and science of supporting the natural healing processes of the patient through the removal of obstacles.
It is a preventative medicine that deals with the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical bodies. It utilizes therapeutics that support or enhance a patients overall health.
The treatments are designed individually, and with the goal of teaching the patient how to become empowered over their health.
In BC, Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to be primary physicians. They are trained as general practitioners in complementary medicine, and provide a full range of diagnostic tests and therapies.
The main tenants in Naturopathic Medicine are as follows:
–> To do no harm.
–> To cooperate with the healing powers of nature.
–> To address the fundamental cause of disease.
–> To heal the whole person through individualized treatments.
–> To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine.
What is the training of a Naturopath?
All Licensed Naturopathic Doctors must have a minimum of 3 years pre-medical training from University; followed by a four year intensive Naturopathic medical training at an accredited school. In the Naturopathic colleges, the students receive roughly 1500 hours of basic and clinical sciences, 1900 hours of standard medical therapeutics (pharmacology, internal medicine, laboratory diagnosis, etc.), and extensive training in naturopathic techniques.
The Doctors must also pass board exams to be able to practice. They may also undergo additional training in things like acupuncture, IV therapy, Chelation, Prolotherapy, homeopathy, etc.
What to expect on the first visit?
By printing these forms and bringing them to your appointment filled in, you save coming into your appointment 15 minutes early to do so. We may collect a urinalysis on your first visit, so please arrive 5-10 minutes early for your appointment to accommodate for this.
Otherwise Patients should arrive 20 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment to complete intake forms and provide a urine sample.
During your visit with the ND, which is typically 70 minutes, a comprehensive health assessment is taken including medical history, dietary habits, emotional stress, exercise, environmental toxin exposure, and current health conditions. A physical exam may also be part of the assessment, as well as lab tests may be indicated (either onsite or via referral).
Does insurance cover naturopathic care?
As of January 2002, provincial subsidies for naturopathic care were cut. At present, there is no MSP coverage unless you are on premium assistance (which can be limited). Most extended health care plans (i.e. private plans) do cover visits (usually around 80% of costs).
Be sure to check with your own insurance prior to visit. Patients are required to pay onsite, and then remit the fees afterwards to their own insurance companies.
Who are we?
At Mission Naturopathic Clinic, we’re a group of likeminded Naturopathic Physicians that have come together to provide a dynamic health-optimizing environment and experience for our patients. Read More…