What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine
By Dr. Kathrine Tavakoli

“Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine”. Naturopathic medicine treats the root cause of disease, by relying on and promoting the healing power of the body. Taking a holistic approach to treating both acute and chronic conditions through individualized treatment plans. This provides patients with long lasting results and much better understanding and awareness of their health.

What are the benefits of Naturopathic Medicine?
– Disease prevention and Health promotion strategies
– Better understanding of health and wellness
– Patient education and coaching
– Safe and effective ways of restoring health
– Treating the root cause
– Natural treatments/less side effects
– Can be offered in conjunction with allopathic care

What conditions can be treated by naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic doctors are trained and licensed primary care providers and as a result have a wide scope of practice. A few (but not all) commonly treated conditions by NDs are: HPA-axis dysregulation (adrenal insufficiency), Digestive disorders, Prediabetes/diabetes, Autoimmune disorders, Fatigue, Female disorders, fertility, Headaches, Thyroid dysfunction, liver disease, Osteoporosis, weight management…

Do you need a referral to see a naturopath?
Naturopathic doctors do not require the referral of a family doctor.

Is naturopathic medicine covered by extended health insurance?
Yes! Most extended health benefits cover Naturopathic medicine.

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