Frequently Asked Question About Naturopath Healthcare
We’ve assembled some of the most commonly asked questions regarding naturopathic healthcare and our health centre to help provide you with quick access to your questions.
What training does a Naturopathic Doctor have?
Naturopathic Doctors undertake an intensive and extensive education process. Naturopaths must have an undergraduate degree, including the medical sciences, followed by a 4 year postgraduate program at a Naturopathic medical college. The fourth year of training consists of class time as well as residency in the school’s teaching clinic. To view a comparison between the curriculum at conventional medical schools and Naturopathic medical schools click : http://www.bcna.ca/documents/comparativecurriculacombined.pdf
What is Dr. Kira’s focus?
What types of conditions does she treat? Although Dr. Kira treats almost any condition, but her focus has always been digestive disorders and allergies. Digestive disorders include: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, and diarrhea. Allergies are a broad topic and include seasonal (hay fever) or chronic allergies, asthma,and hives.
What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor and a Homeopath?
Naturopaths have medical training and the ability to diagnose whereas homeopaths in Canada do not. (Homeopaths in England are medical trained.) Additionally, Homeopaths specialize solely in homeopathy whereas Naturopaths are trained in several modalities including homeopathy, therapeutic nutrition, acupuncture, massage, manipulation, and botanical medicine.
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by Health Care?
Many insurance companies offer coverage for Naturopathic Medicine through extended health plans. Each plan is unique so be sure to check with your provider to see if Naturopathic Medicine is covered. MSP also covers a small portion of 10 visits per year for alternative healing modalities which include massage therapists, chiropractors, and physiotherapists. A visit to any of these practitioners constitutes one of your ten.
Who can be helped by a Naturopathic Doctor?
Most conditions will benefit from Naturopathic treatment. Since Naturopathic Doctors approach the body from a holistic perspective, we tend to look at symptoms in a different way from others practitioners. Even those in good health can talk to their Naturopathic doctor about prevention and maintaining optimal health.
Do you need a referral to see a Naturopathic Doctor?
No. At this time there is no connection between the regular medical system and Naturopathic Doctors. Simply call your local Naturopath and make an appointment.
What happens in the first visit with a Naturopathic Doctor?
Your initial 1 hr consultation with Dr. Kira begins with taking a detailed health history. Since Dr. Kira may require more in depth information to accurately uncover the source of your health concern, she may perform a physical exam or suggest that you go for additional tests such as blood, saliva or hair analysis, or food sensitivity testing. Dr. Kira utilizes several methodologies in her clinic including nutritional action plans, acupuncture, detoxification protocols, supplements, homeopathy, acupuncture, Bowen Therapy, and EFT (emotional freedom technique). In order to help you reach your health goals as quickly as possible, Dr Kira may employ one or several techniques that you can implement immediately after your first visit to get you on the path to optimum health.
What is the Naturopathic Medicine Philosophy?
Naturopathic Medicine embodies a unique set of principles. Naturopathic Doctors take care to approach every patient as an individual by creating programs and choosing medicines and treatment methods that address the cause of the disruptionto the health of the body.
These are the principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
- First, do no harm. Naturopathic doctors prefer to use non-invasive treatments andmedicines to treat the body.
- The body has an innate capacity to heal. Naturopathic physicians believe that thebody will always go toward health when given the right stimuli.
- Identify and treat the cause. Treating the root cause of the illness prevents any futureillnesses and is true healing.
- Doctor means teacher. Naturopathic doctors are trained to educate patients about their bodies and illnesses and to inspire rational hope, while encouraging self-responsibility.
- Treat the whole person. When looking for the root cause of illness, Naturopathic doctors will include physical, emotional, and even spiritual issues as possibilities.
- Prevention is cure. Naturopathic doctors believe that by addressing present day imbalances, future illnesses that may have arisen will be prevented.
What type of payment is accepted?
The Port Moody Naturopathic Clinic accepts cash, cheque, and debit as forms of payment. Payment is due at the end of each visit and a missed appointment fee will be applied if 24 hours notice is not given.
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204-2502 St John’s Street, Port Moody, BC, V3H 2B4