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F.A.Q. – Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some commonly asked questions those new to Naturopathic Medicine ask:
Q. In brief, what does a Naturopathic Doctor do?
A. ND’s emphasize prevention but also treat by addressing the root cause while using a variety of modalities (often times, using several with each patient). Although each ND may differ in their treatment methods and focus on specific ones, Dr. Daria Novy may use any of the following:
-Clinical Nutrition (addressing diet, and possibly including supplements)
-Botanical Medicine (dry, liquid, and tablet form)
-Traditional and extra lab testing (including food allergy testing)
In the past, patients came to ND’s out of desperation, having tried everything else. That has started to
change; people are now taking more control of their health, and we are here as guides to help that revolution!
Q. What are the education requirements of an ND?
A. ND’s must have 3-4 years of pre-medical sciences (bachelor degree), complete the 4-year naturopathic medical degree from an accredited institution with an emphasis on primary care (similar to an MD) as well as naturopathic modalities, pass two comprehensive board examinations, and maintain their ongoing licensure with continuing education.
Q. Is it okay to see an ND if I am taking medications?
A. Absolutely. ND’s are trained to recognize potential interactions between all therapies, including supplements, medications, and physical therapies. Please be sure to disclose ALL therapies you are taking to your ND or other healthcare provider.
Q. What are some commonly treated conditions?
A. The WHO released a report citing over 90 different conditions that acupuncture alone is able to address; as ND’s, we are capable of treating such conditions, and more, using not just acupuncture, but other effective modalities. These conditions include (but are not limited to):
-acute/chronic joint injuries/pain -low back pain
-other chronic pain
-gastrointestinal issues (constipation, diarrhea, bloating, IBS, IBD, etc)
-hypertension, hypotension -arrhythmias -hypercholesterolemia -diabetes
-temporal mandibular joint dysfunction
-mood disorders, including anxiety/depression
-menstrual disorders (dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, menorrhagia, etc)
-chronic yeast infections
-urinary tract infections
-benign prostate hyperplasia
-sexual dysfunction (low libido, erectile difficulties, etc)
-chronic skin conditions (including eczema, acne, psoriasis) -simple partial seizures
So many of these chronic conditions do not belong in the hospitals, and as a result are burdening our healthcare system in Canada; Naturopathic Medicine offers a solution, and one which is empowering to the patient.
Q. Should I let my medical doctor know that I am seeing an ND?
A. Absolutely. I believe that a perfect model exists in collaborative care. Part of your intake requires you to write down your primary care physician’s contact details; I may write a correspondence letter to briefly discuss our treatment progress and therapies with your MD, as well as any inquiries, unless you specifically tell me not to do so.
Q. Are visits to an ND covered by insurance?
A. Treatments by an ND are not covered by OHIP (this includes lab work); however, many other extended health care plans offer insurance coverage. Please contact your insurance provider for more information.
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