Welcome to the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors

Established in 1995, the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND) is the professional association representing licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) in Nova Scotia.

What Is A Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary healthcare system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine.

Naturopathic doctors are primary healthcare practitioners rigorously trained and skilled to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of health conditions using natural treatments and medicine.

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What education do I need to become a naturopathic doctor in Nova Scotia?

After completing a pre-med degree, naturopathic medical students attend a four-year, accredited naturopathic medical school. The curriculum includes medical science and natural therapeutics.

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How do naturopathic doctors diagnose?

When you visit an ND, they will complete an extensive health history and physical examination. They will review your medications and evaluate laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging in order to make a proper diagnosis.

What is the difference between a naturopathic doctor and a homeopath?

Naturopathic doctors are primary healthcare practitioners and general practitioners of natural medicine. They receive a minimum of 3 years of pre-medical university education, followed by 4 years of education from an accredited naturopathic medical college. Naturopathic doctors utilize a range of treatment modalities, including traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, physical medicine, botanical medicine, and lifestyle counselling.

Homeopaths are healthcare practitioners who have been trained in the use of, and who prescribe solely, homeopathic medicines.

Is a visit to a naturopathic doctor covered by MSI?

Naturopathic medicine is not covered by MSI. However, most private health insurance plans cover naturopathic visits.

Does my health insurance cover naturopathic medicine?

Most private health insurance plans provide naturopathic coverage which will cover a percentage of appointments with a naturopathic doctor (depending on your individual plan). You can contact your insurance provider for details on your naturopathic insurance coverage. Appointments with a naturopathic doctor are not covered by health insurance under the category of “acupuncture” unless the proving naturopathic doctor is also a licensed acupuncturist (LAc.).