Naturopathy

What is naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a type of primary healthcare that can address all health concerns from general health promotion to more serious chronic disease. Naturopaths are medically trained in family medicine meaning that they are equipped to see all ages and stages of life and health. 

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Dr. Melissa Cugliari

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What conditions are treated and/or improved with naturopathy?

Naturopathy treats a wide variety of conditions and aims to improve overall wellness and maintain health throughout the lifespan. All health concerns can benefit from naturopathic medicine, whether alleviating symptoms and eradicating disease entirely, improving quality of life, or general sense of wellbeing.

Common conditions treated include:

  • Digestive diseases (Irritable Bowel Disease or Syndrome, Reflux disease, etc.)
  • Cardiovascular disease (including high cholesterol)
  • Thyroid imbalance
  • Metabolic diseases (including Diabetes)
  • Skin disease (eczema, acne, psoraisis, dermatitis, etc.)
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Menstrual irregularities and menopausal symptoms
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder and/or Depression

Naturopathy also focuses on nutritional medicine and can assist individuals in determining food sensitivities and the most appropriate diet for each individual presentation. Lab work can also be done through our naturopathic doctor and is covered by some extended healthcare plans. 

When should I go to a naturopathic doctor?

In general, it is important to see your naturopathic doctor seasonally to ensure your system is balanced. 

For more acute or immediate concerns, often your naturopath will suggest visits every 2 – 4 weeks until it has been managed and a maintenance plan will be recommended with visits every 6 – 12 weeks. 

What’s the difference between naturopathy and homeopathy?

Naturopathy is a type of individual medicine that unites modern medicine and scientific research with ancient healing modalities like Herbalism and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Naturopaths are medically trained and focus on stimulating the body’s ability to heal itself through natural means. 

Homeopathy is a modality that operates on the principle of ‘like cures like’; substances (like plants and minerals) are taken in very small amounts to cure symptoms it would cause if taken in large amounts.

Naturopaths are trained in homeopathy and may incorporate this into your individual treatment plan. 

Will seeing a naturopath interfere with my relationship with my medical doctor?

No. Depending on your wishes, your naturopathic care and medical care can be kept entirely separate or your naturopath may interface with your other medical providers to provide integrated care.

Naturopaths are trained in pharmacology and modern medicine; this understanding allows a naturopath to combine their treatments safely and effectively alongside any other medical care you may be receiving or medications you may be taking. 

Naturopaths can also bridge the gap and recommend nutrients that may be otherwise depleted by medications you are taking, or offer natural treatments to help manage symptoms you may be experiencing as a result of conventional medical care. Often, the use of naturopathic medicine reduces the need for other medical intervention.

Is naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP or my insurance?

Naturopathic medicine is not covered under OHIP but is covered by most extended health care plans. Please check with your benefits provider prior to your appointment. The Sport Medicine Clinic will provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. 

Do I need a referral to see a naturopathic doctor at the Sport Medicine Clinic?

You do not require a referral but may book in with our reception at your leisure.

Is the Sport Medicine Clinic accepting new patients for naturopathy?

Yes! Please call 416-865-0903 or email us today to book your appointment.

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