FAQ

IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE SAFE?

Naturopathic Medicine is extremely safe, as indicated by malpractice data, insurance statistics and favourable safety records. However, natural does not mean harmless, so skill and knowledge are required as with any diagnosis and treatment of health conditions.

I AM ON MEDICATIONS, IS IT SAFE TO USE NATURAL THERAPIES AT THE SAME TIME?

Yes. Your naturopathic doctor is very well versed in what is safe to combine and how to improve your health alongside your medications.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS?

Naturopathic Doctors complete 3 or 4 years of pre-med training (usually achieving a bachelor’s degree) and then have 4 years of training at an accredited naturopathic medical college. NDs must successfully complete provincial board exams prior to being granted licensure. NDs in Alberta are licensed and regulated by the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (http://cnda.net).

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS?

Every individual is different and the number and frequency of follow-up visits will depend on the severity of the condition, how long you have had it, your vitality, and your dedication to getting better. Many do experience improvements within 1-4 weeks. Subsequent visits are an extremely vital part of your ongoing improvement so that we can build on your progress, update your treatment protocol, and discuss any concerns as they come up.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

A portion of the expenses to see a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) are covered by many Extended health benefit plans and/or Health Spending accounts, so be sure to check your plan. We can direct bill for a selected number of insurance companies, click HERE to find out which ones.

For those who don’t have insurance, Naturopathic Medicine can seem like a big expense however, once the initial series of visits are completed, most patients find ongoing care to be very manageable.

WILL I HAVE TO GIVE UP ALL MY FAVORITE FOODS?

While it is necessary at times to avoid certain foods for a period of time the goal is not to have you living an uncomfortable restrictive lifestyle.

WHO SHOULD SEE A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR? WHAT CONDITIONS DO YOU TREAT?

Conditions treated: 

Allergies, Colds, & Flus

Mental Health

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Burnout
  • Trauma
  • Panic/Anxiety Attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Grief

Digestive Health

  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Heartburn
  • Reflux
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • SIBO

Weight Loss

High Blood Pressure

Acute and Chronic Pain conditions

Headaches

Hormones

  • Thyroid Health
  • PMS
  • Fibroids
  • Cysts
  • Endometriosis
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Menopause
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling “off”

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