Frequently asked questions
How is Naturopathic medicine different from conventional medicine?
What should I expect on my first visit?
What education and training do Naturopathic doctors receive?
Naturopathic doctors are required to complete a Bachelor’s degree with specific medical prerequisites in addition to 4 years at an accredited Naturopathic medical program. The first 2 years of this program focus heavily on basic biomedical sciences and diagnosis. The last 2 years incorporate more training in different naturopathic modalities and approximately 1200 hours of clinical training. This equates to a minimum of 8 years of post-secondary education.
Are Naturopathic medical services covered by health insurance?
Most extended medical plans cover Naturopathic medical visits. However, additional diagnostic testing and supplementation may not be covered. Please check with your insurance provider to determine the extent of your coverage.
Is Naturopathic medicine evidence-based?
Many naturopathic therapies have solid scientific and clinical evidence supporting their safety and efficacy. Some naturopathic therapies are based on traditional systems of health care that are supported by oral and written tradition and anecdotal reports. Other therapies or methods of diagnosis used by certain naturopathic doctors are not supported by scientific or clinical evidence. It is therefore important to speak with your naturopathic health care provider about the evidence and rationale behind the therapies they provide.
Why do some Naturopathic doctors practice so differently from others?
Because of the broad scope of practice of naturopathic medicine, it is possible for several doctors to have a different approach to the same patient or health condition. It is important to speak with your naturopathic doctor about all of the options regarding your health concerns and the pros and cons of each option.
Is Naturopathic medicine regulated in British Columbia?
Yes, Naturopathic medicine is a regulated profession in British Columbia. Naturopathic doctors are regulated under the Health Professions Act and must successfully complete standardized licensing and board examinations from both the North American Board of Naturopathic Examinations (NABNE) and the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC).
What is Naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is Primary Health Care that focuses on the prevention and treatment of disease and dysfunction using non-invasive means. These include nutritional supplementation, botanical (herbal) medicine, in addition to dietary and lifestyle changes which optimize health and wellbeing.