FAQs (About Naturopathic Medicine)
Is Naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP?
Naturopathic consultation are not currently covered by OHIP, but are often covered by extended health plans. If you have coverage for Chiropractic care or Massage Therapy, chances are that you have Naturopathic coverage as well.
How long will it take to “get better”?
Because Naturopathic Medicine seeks to address the cause of illness, not just suppress the symptoms, and often deals with chronic conditions, it may take anywhere from several weeks to several years to address some health concerns. It is also important to remember that everyone responds differently to treatment, and some people may notice a difference immediately, while others may not. Please discuss your individual case with your N.D., to determine what kind of progress you can likely expect.
What about supplements?
Most N.D.’s prescribe or recommend certain nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplements to facilitate the body’s healing process. This will vary depending on the individual case. At the Wallace Integrated Health Centre we carry several lines of professional supplements, so that our patients will have easy access to high quality supplements, known to provide consistent results. Some recommended products may also be available at local health food stores. Supplements are often eligible for tax deductions, so keep your receipts!
How is an ND different from an MD?
N.D.’s and M.D.’s have very similar training in several areas, such as basic medical sciences and diagnostics. The major differences are in areas of philosophy, and in treatment methods. Most M.D.’s use prescription pharmaceuticals and surgery as their main treatment choices, while N.D.’s use therapies such as nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture and traditional Asian medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine and lifestyle counselling.
M.D.’s quick access to diagnostic imaging and other equipment, as well as surgical skill makes them particularly adept at treating emergency and acute conditions. However, the fact that OHIP covers visits to an M.D. also means that the time they have to spend with each patient is often extremely limited.
N.D.’s on the other hand generally have plenty of time to talk to and examine a patient, and their focus on prevention and addressing the underying cause of illness makes them the ideal practitioner to help you achieve long-term health and wellness.
Both systems have their benefits, depending on what your health concerns are, and ideally your N.D. will work alongside your medical team. Dr. Wallace has a good working relationship with most of the family doctors and specialists in the North Bay area, and is able to communicate with them, at your request.
Can I tell my MD that I am seeing an ND?
How do I know that my ND is licensed?
In Ontario, N.D.’s are licensed under the “Regulated Health Practitioners Act,” the same legislation that regulates all other health care practitioners in Ontario (M.D.’s, dentists, midwives, physiotherapists…). The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) is the official regulatory body, responsible for ensuring that N.D.’s are practicing effectively and responsibly. Only doctors licensed with CONO are allowed to use the designation N.D. in Ontario. Your N.D. should display their CONO license in a prominent place in their clinic, however, the most certain way to determine if your N.D. is licensed is to call CONO at 416-583-6010 or check the registry on their website www.collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca