Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. It is based on the healing power of nature and it supports and stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies including: botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, lifestyle counselling and health promotion and disease prevention.
Naturopathic Medicine is a regulated health profession in Ontario and the requirements to become a Naturopathic Doctor are quite rigorous. After completing a four year university science degree you are eligible to apply for an accredited Naturopathic college. If accepted, the Naturopathic program requires four years or intensive study including a year long clinical internship. After completing the program we must then pass a series of board exams. Once the years of schooling and board examinations are successfully completed you are considered fully qualified as a Doctor of Naturopathic in Ontario.
Yes. Yes it is! I can say that without knowing you or your health concerns because I believe it’s right for everyone. How can preventative health care, living a healthier life, and having a happier life not be good for everyone? I believe in complimentary care between ND’s and MD’s and I don’t interfere with what your MD recommends. Come see me if you are ready to take an active role in your health and to be encouraged to live the best life you can.
Yes. Because natural medicines can be so effective, it is important that you understand how they may interact with other prescription medications you are taking. Naturopathic doctors are specially trained in understanding these interactions and prescribe complimentary natural treatments appropriately.
Yes. In fact, we encourage collaboration with conventional medical doctors. We are also trained to refer patients to other health care practitioners, where appropriate. Health is a complex issue and therefore warrants different approaches in some situations.
NDs in Ontario are regulated under the Registered Health Professions Act (RHPA), and were granted the privilege to use the doctor title and the protected title of Naturopathic Doctor. Being a regulated health professional enables Naturopathic Doctors to provide a diagnosis and treat various health conditions. In Ontario, Naturopathic doctors have passed regulated board exams to hold this title.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are not medical doctors (MDs). Though there are similar areas of education and training that overlap. Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario have training in pharmacology, minor surgery, phlebotomy, biomedical sciences, clinical medicine, anatomy, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, physical medicine, health psychology, etc.
In addition, NDs are required to complete continuing education credits to maintain an active and current naturopathic medical scope of practice. This helps to inform the public and distinguish between individuals with formal education and training and those without.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained to treat most things you would go see your GP for. We’re really good at taking the time to figure out the root cause of the problem while at the same time offering ways to reduce the symptoms. To name a few, here are some of the health concerns that people come to see me for:
- Digestive issues
- Diabetes & Heart health
- Hormonal issues
- Mental Health
- Antibiotic Overuse
- Weight loss
I also see lots of people who don’t have any current problems - they simply want to improve their diet, focus on exercise, and make sure they are living a healthy life.
Naturopathic doctors use a variety of treatments. As a naturopathic doctors I’m trained in the following natural therapies: Clinical nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, lifestyle medicine. Dr. Raina collaborates with his patients to determine which treatments will be used.
The initial visit is up to 75 minutes long. During this appointment we undergo an in-depth review of your concerns, health profile, medical history diet/nutrition and lifestyle. I’ll also conduct an analysis of your previous lab work, supplements, or medications you are currently taking.
During this appointment you’ll have time and space to tell your story and have all your questions answered.
As we conclude the visit, I’ll explain how I assess your symptoms and I’ll provide initial treatment recommendations.
Then the first follow up visit is typically 45 minutes in length. In this appointment we discuss diet with considerable detail, and I provide more individualized and comprehensive treatment recommendations that may include:
- Additional laboratory and testing
- Nutritional/diet recommendations
- Lifestyle enhancements
- Medical-grade supplements
- Recommendations for a follow-up appointment schedule
After the first follow up the appointments are 30 minutes in length and frequency of these follow ups will depend upon the severity and duration of your condition(s), the pace of your progress and the type of therapy you’re using. Most patients begin with a monthly to bi-monthly basis until their main health concerns are resolved. Then visits transition to an as needed basis or for annual health check-ups.
Most extended health care plans cover Naturopathic Medicine. Look into it! You will be responsible for paying at the time of the appointment and will receive an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
- Adult Initial Visit (up to 75 mins) - $240
- First Follow up (45 min) - $145
- 60min Follow-up- $190
- 30min Follow-up - $95
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