frequently asked questions
Is naturopathic care covered under OHIP?
Naturopathic medicine is not currently covered under OHIP, but most extended health care plans cover a portion of naturopathic visits. For more information, please consult with your insurance provider to determine the extent of naturopathic coverage included in your benefits package.
Is naturopathic medicine a regulated profession?
Yes, naturopathic doctors are regulated health professionals in Ontario. We have training in natural medicine as well as the ability to diagnose disease using conventional methods. ND's are currently regulated under the Naturopathy Act by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy - Naturopathy (BDDT-N). They function to set the standards of practice and ensure proper qualification of naturopathic doctors who practice in Ontario. However, regulation will change in the coming years as naturopathic medicine will become included in the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). Work is already underway by the Transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario to protect the interest of the public in regulating the profession of naturopathy in Ontario under the RHPA. Currently, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Alberta are not regulated provinces in Canada.
Do naturopathic treatments interfere with my prescription medication?
Naturopathic doctors receive extensive training in pharmacology, botanical medicine and potential interactions and contraindications between conventional prescription medications and naturopathic treatments. Additionally, many naturopathic treatments are entirely safe to use in combination with medications and herbs. However, please make sure to consult a naturopathic doctor prior to introducing natural remedies into your healthcare regime.
How are naturopathic doctors trained?
Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary care providers. They must undergo at least 7 years post-secondary education, including a 4-year intensive naturopathic medical program at an accredited naturopathic college. During the 4 years, medical and clinical sciences, as well as naturopathic philosophy and therapies are learned through extensive classroom and clinical experience. Upon graduation, the newly designated naturopathic doctors must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) to qualify for licensure in Ontario.
Do naturopathic doctors have specialties?
Naturopathic doctors can have a “special interest” in a certain form of treatment, disease, or maybe even a group of people. This cannot be classified as a specialty. At this time, naturopathic colleges in North America do not offer specialist training beyond the naturopathic doctor program. That being said, many naturopaths choose to continue their education in certain specific aspects of health care that have become a special interest to them.
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