Naturopathic Medicine Summary and FAQ
Posted by Dr.Kirti Deol
Thinking about trying holistic health methods? Learn more about Naturopathic Medicine and book an appointment for a complimentary 15-minute naturopathic consultation!
Naturopathic Medicine is a primary healthcare system that uses a holistic approach to treat and prevent illness. This field of medicine focuses on the root cause of illness, rather than just suppressing the symptoms, which is commonly done in conventional medicine.
If you have one of the conditions below, our Naturopathic Doctor can help:
- Allergies and food intolerances
- Skin rashes
- Constipation and Diarrhea
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- GERD (weaning patients off GERD medications)
- Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
- Food sensitivities or intolerances
- colds and flus – immune support
- back strain
- trauma to any joints – sports injury
- chronic pain
- thyroid disorders
- sleep disorders, insomnia
- Uterine Fibroids
- PMS and menstrual issues
- Menopausal symptoms
- Erectile dysfunction
- Mental health
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Detox programs
- Weight loss and management
- General health maintenance
- Smoking cessation
There are a variety of conditions we are trained to treat, especially the cases where no one has figured out what the cause is…our specialty!
Naturopathic Doctors provide a wide array of treatments to treat any illness, with the intent to support the body’s natural ability to heal. Such therapies include: botanical medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, lifestyle/diet and prevention counseling. Through the use of medical diagnostic testing and a thorough medical intake, a comprehensive treatment plan can be tailored to your specific case.
What to expect?
Free 15-minute consultation:
This is a free 15 min health assessment that Dr. Deol provides to give you more information about how Naturopathic Medicine can help YOU. It is extremely important to feel comfortable and confident with the team you work with to reach your optimal health goals.
What should I bring to the first initial consult?
It is recommended to fill out the Naturopathic intake form online before you come into your visit, as the form is lengthy and gives Dr. Deol a good idea of your health concerns before you come in for your initial visit.
Any recent blood work or diagnostic tests should be brought in to address any physiological abnormalities and preventable illnesses.
Initial Consult: 60-90 minutes
The initial consult is a comprehensive assessment of your current health concerns along with a review of other variables such as diet, lifestyle, stress, and exercise. These other variables are addressed to identify other factors in your lifestyle that may be contributing to your current illness. A physical exam, specific to your complaint, including vitals at every visit, may also be performed.
Follow up visit: 30-45 minutes
A comprehensive, individualized treatment approach will be given and any other information required for further assessment is to be done at this point. As treatment progresses, follow up visits usually last about 30 minutes. Acupuncture appointments are approximately 30 minutes in length also.
What makes Naturopathic Doctor’s primary health care providers?
Naturopathic Doctors are certified to diagnose and treat any illness. We are highly trained to read and assess lab reports and recommend any other diagnostic testing that may be required to find out the root cause of your illness. In addition, we are trained to perform a full physical exam on all our patients (ie. Ear exam, eye exam, cardiovascular exam, pap smears, prostate exam, breast exam, etc.).
How to become a registered Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors complete seven to eight years of training: three-four years of pre-medical sciences in university, followed by 4 years (over 5,000 hours) at an approved naturopathic medical college.
For the first 3 years, the naturopathic curriculum strongly resembles the training given to medical students, although an emphasis is put on how imperative it is to treat the cause of illness and how to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal. Training in a variety of natural therapies is taught to emphasis this philosophy, with over 1,200 hours of clinical experience.
Following their received designation Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), to become licensed in Alberta, ND’s must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam. And only then, they are able to practice in Alberta.
Naturopathic Doctors are also required to complete a number of continuing education courses per year to maintain their registration with the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA).
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered?
Naturopathic Medicine is not covered through your Alberta health card, although, depending on your insurance benefits, you may have some coverage. The invoice you receive can be sent directly to your insurance provider or call ahead to see what type of coverage you have for naturopathic medicine.
What lab tests and/or diagnostic tests are we certified to perform? Costs?
Naturopathic Doctors are certified to perform a wide array of diagnostic testing. Since the Alberta government does not cover visits, common lab tests (i.e. full CBC, cholesterol, glucose levels, B12, Vitamin D, hormone testing, etc.) are also not covered. They can be done in a Naturopathic clinic, although the patient pays directly for each test. It is common for Naturopathic Doctors to be in contact with the patient’s Medical doctor, to recommend any additional testing. Specific tests, such as food allergy testing or stool tests, are specific to naturopathic practices and do come at a cost for the patient. The cost of tests can range from $10 – $300.
Is Naturopathic Medicine for you?
Naturopathic Medicine focuses on a comprehensive approach and addresses all aspects of your health: mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. We treat anything from A-Z with the intent to treat the cause of illness and focus on prevention. Naturopathic Medicine can be beneficial for you based on the following:
– Looking for health promotion strategies to maintain and reach your optimal health goals
– Patients looking for alternative treatments for their illness with a focus on minimal side effects and lifestyle changes.
– If your symptoms are not improving after you have tried everything!
– Looking to combine conventional medicine with naturopathic medicine to minimize side effects, increase healing after surgery, and/or wean off your current medications.