Naturopathic medicine is a unique primary healthcare system that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural medicine. It is based on the healing power of nature and the ability of the body to heal itself when supported and stimulated.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary healthcare practitioners trained in natural medicine. They are rigorously trained in the application of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, physical medicine, botanical medicine, and lifestyle counselling.
Naturopathic doctors also complement and enhance healthcare services provided by other professionals through cooperation and referrals to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate. Naturopathic doctors provide patients with a truly integrative form of health care.
A naturopathic doctor has graduated from a four-year, graduate level, accredited naturopathic college after completing a minimum of 3 years of pre-medical education. A naturopathic doctor is rigorously educated in basic sciences, advanced medical sciences, as well as natural treatment modalities and assessment methods. Click here for more info on naturopathic education.
Naturopathic doctors practicing in Nova Scotia must:
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.
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.
Naturopathic medicine is not covered by MSI. However, most private health insurance plans cover naturopathic visits.
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.).
In Nova Scotia, an initial visit with a naturopathic doctor is typically 1 to 1.5 hours long and will cost between $150.00 and $200.00. Subsequent visits will last 20 to 45 minutes in length and will cost between $80.00 and $100.00. Appointments with a naturopathic doctor are HST-exempt, so HST is not charged on their visits.
Naturopathic doctors are primary healthcare providers and therefore you do not need a medical doctor’s referral to see a naturopathic doctor. Some health insurance plans require a referral from a medical doctor for naturopathic care to qualify for coverage. Find a naturopathic doctor in your area.
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