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Using conventional diagnostic procedures, physical examinations and lab work, Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are able to determine the root cause of a person's illness and develop a treatment plan according to the individual needs of each patient.

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Learn more about the training of a licensed naturopathic doctor:

BCNA
BC Naturopathic Association

CNPBC
College of Naturopathic Physicians BC

BINM
Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

HOW IS NATUROPATHY DIFFERENT THAN HOMEOPATHY?

While homeopathy is a treatment option used by many naturopathic doctors, it’s core principles are a bit different. Homeopathy is a 200 year old system of medicine  that is widely expected in many parts of the world. Homeopathic remedies are very dilute doses of natural substances. While homeopathic remedies may be included, naturopathic medicine has a much broader scope of practice drawing from ancient Grecian, Chinese, Native, and Ayurvedic philosophies.

HOW ARE NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS TRAINED?

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) in BC receive a minimum of three years pre-medical training at university then complete four years post-graduate training at an accredited naturopathic medical school. NDs must complete board examinations prior to receiving licensure and are required to complete certified continued education hours annually to maintain practising status.

The titles “naturopathic doctor” and “naturopathic physician” are reserved for whose individuals who have met the requirements of their licensing body.

WHAT DOES A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR DO?

All kinds of cool stuff!

Dr. Munn’ s goal is to first get you feeling better and understand your unique health goals and challenges. Her second main job is to get to the root cause of your symptoms or imbalance, so that optimal health and your goals can be achieved. NDs are trained to assess health risks, use nutrition and lifestyle to heal the body, are professionally trained herbalists and acupuncturists, and have extensive training in the mind-body connection.

WHAT KIND OF A DOCTOR ARE YOU?

I am a Naturopathic Doctor (aka. ND, aka Naturopathic physician, aka Naturopath)

In the province of British Columbia, Naturopathic doctors have been legislated as primary care physicians with our own licensing body known as the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, which monitors our practice and profession under the Naturopathic Physician Regulations, Bylaws,  and the Health Professions Act.

WHAT ARE THE CORE VALUES GUIDING YOUR NATUROPATHIC PRACTICE?

Naturopathic medicine has 6 core principles that guide naturopathic doctors when caring for a patient.

1. First, do no harm

2. Use the healing power of nature and its medicine

3. Identify and treat the cause of disease, don’t just suppress symptoms

4. Doctor as teacher -empower and educate others

5. Treat the whole person -mind, body, and soul

6. Assess risk factors and prevent disease

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF SEEING A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR?

Having a naturopathic doctor on your healthcare team can really help make your medical understanding broader and visits with your medical doctor more effective. Medical doctors are very good at disease diagnosis and managing acute critical care; while naturopathic doctors are very good at disease treatment and ongoing supportive care. NDs are experts in what we call health-care. NDs spend much more time with their patients to achieve better health and truly embody the role of doctor as teacher.

Most patients find there are 3 major benefits to seeing an ND: individualized medicine, valid alternatives to drug therapy or elective procedures, and disease or condition care from which conventional medicine has no effective treatment. Naturopathic medicine is about root-cause resolution, not mere symptom suppression.

IS THERE TAX ON VISITS AND SERVICES?

All naturopathic visit fees are tax exempt. Recommended treatments involving natural health products are not tax exempt. Naturopathic doctor fees are authorized to be applied to medical tax credits in British Columbia.

ARE MY VISITS COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE?

Naturopathic Medicine is covered by most insurance plans. For individuals with a Health Spending Account, visits to an ND are 100 percent covered. At this time, the provincial MSP plan only covers a small amount of the visit cost.

Most extended health plans renew each calendar year. Keep this in mind when applying these benefits to naturopathic services, ensuring that they are made use of prior to expiry at the end of the year.

Don’t let your benefits for naturopathic medicine go unused any longer, schedule an appointment today!

Still have questions?

Dr. Munn offers a free 15-minute introductory meet-and-greet to get a feel for the doctor-patient relationship that will develop. During the intro consultation, you will have the opportunity to explore what naturopathic medicine has to offer and determine if it is right for you.

What do you think? Is Naturopathic Medicine for you?

FAQs was last modified: May 15th, 2017 by Dr Emily Munn, ND