Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are now regulated in Ontario under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), joining all other regulated health professions. The Naturopathy Act, 2007 and a new regulatory body, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), serves the public’s right to safe, competent and ethical naturopathic care. The College does this by setting requirements to enter the profession, establishing comprehensive standards, and administering quality assurance programs. Acting in the public interest, the College holds Ontario’s regulated Naturopaths accountable for their conduct and practice.
Currently, in order to obtain licensure in Ontario, NDs must graduate from an accredited naturopathic medical institution. There are two accredited colleges in Canada (The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine & Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine) and five in the United States. In Canada, NDs are also regulated in the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Prerequisites for acceptance into an accredited naturopathic medical institution include three years of pre-medical sciences at a university. Prerequisite courses include: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, physiology, introductory psychology and humanities.
Naturopathic Doctors undergo training similar to medical doctors, in addition to education in the naturopathic treatment modalities. The four areas of training in the four year, full-time Naturopathic Medicine curriculum are:
To obtain and maintain accreditation as a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), the following criteria must be met:
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary care practitioners who take the time to listen and work with you to find specific solutions for your health concerns. NDs are skilled to effectively treat acute and chronic conditions in all age groups and view each patient with a whole body approach. NDs can also provide adjunctive or alternative treatment options to conventional therapies. We strive to work in conjuction with all forms of medicine.
Naturopathic Medicine is not OHIP covered. However, most extended health insurance plans provide some coverage for naturopathic care. Check your extended health insurance policy or call your insurer to understand your specific coverage.
Naturopathy utilizes seven different treatment modalities, one of which is homeopathy. Homeopathy is a distinct medical system that uses minute amounts of plant, mineral and animal substances to stimulate the inherent ability of the body to heal itself. A homeopath utilizes homeopathic remedies as their primary mode of treatment, while NDs may use several treatment modalities in conjunction with each other.
Absolutely! Naturopathic doctors prefer (when possible) and are trained to work with all of your health care practitioners to provide you with the most comprehensive treatment options available.
NDs are knowledgeable in pharmacology in order reduce treatment interactions for patients on prescription medications, as well as recognize potential drug side effects, including drug-induced nutrient depletions.
Naturopathic modalities are gentle therapies that work subtly to encourage your body’s innate capacity to heal, re-establishing balance and bringing about healthy change on all levels. Improvements in your health will be noticed over time and require patience. The number of treatments required will depend on the condition being treated, the treatment chosen and the commitment of the client to the plan. We work to create goals which are reasonable and attainable for the individual. The time needed to achieve your health goals will vary but, in general, it is expected that for every year you have experienced a health concern, we expect at least one month for change to be felt. This is not a guarantee. Some individuals notice change immediately and others require a longer period of treatment.