Yes. Naturopathic Medicine involves natural and safe therapies for treating patients.
Yes. There continues to be studies done to assess the benefits, side effects and interactions of nutritional supplements, herbal medicines and acupuncture.
Definitely. A Naturopathic Doctor will consult with or refer to other health care professionals when it is in the patient's best interest to do so.
The initial visit is usually about 1 - 1 1/2 hours long. During this time, the doctor would go through your intake form in detail. He or she would review your main concerns, go through your family history, your health history, complete a complaint oriented physical exam, run any necessary lab tests and discuss a suitable treatment plan. Follow up visits are usually between 30-45 minutes long and the frequency of visits depends on what conditions are being treated and the treatments that are being implemented.
At the present time, naturopathic visits are not covered by the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), however, many extended health care plans do cover naturopathic care. Check with your insurance provider to see if you have coverage.
Naturopathic Doctors are required to take numerous pre-medical science courses before attending a Naturopathic college. They are then required to take a 4-year intensive medical program at an accredited Naturopathic college. After completing the ND degree, Naturopathic Doctors write rigorous licensing exams in order to begin practicing in Canada.