Our medical philosophy is based on 6 principles:
Naturopathic medicine is unfortunately not currently covered by standard health plans in Canada; however, most extended health care plans do cover visits to a naturopathic doctor. Call your insurance provider to find out more.
Naturopathic doctors are highly trained and often have specific areas of focus. ‘Specialize’ and ‘specialty’ are terms reserved for medical doctors within specific fields, like family medicine or psychiatry. There currently aren’t any specialty-level education programs for naturopathic doctors, but many NDs take additional training in a specific focus after graduation.
In Ontario, British Columbia and some states in the USA, naturopathic doctors who have taken additional licensing exams are indeed able to prescribe certain medications. The common medications, like antibiotics, are within our scope, but federally controlled medications like narcotics, benzodiazepines, and chemotherapeutic agents are not.
NDs are highly trained, compassionate health care providers who use holistic and natural methods to help you reach health goals. We have a refreshing understanding of how the body works and why illnesses happen. It’s a two-way street so for all the talking we do, we listen when you have things to ask and say! We care about your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. And if you have any health concern, we can treat it!
At this time in the profession, residencies are fairly few and far between. Naturopathic doctors graduate with the training and skills necessary to work safely and effectively in general practice. Some NDs go on to one-year or two years residencies where they hone their skills, and many start practice right away. Dr Abdullah graduated from a two years of Clinical Naturopathic Residency at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Not at all! We are primary care providers, so walk on in with any concern like you’re seeing your family doctor!
Homeopaths are trained in the prescribing of homeopathic remedies. Naturopathic Doctors may prescribe homeopathic remedies but they also use diet and lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, physical medicine, clinical supplementation, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and injection and intravenous therapies.