What Is Naturopathic Care?

Offering holistic treatments for both acute and chronic conditions, the approach, philosophy, and training of Naturopathic Doctors draw on the healing power of nature to support your body’s ability to heal itself. By assessing your medical history, laboratory testing, physical exams, lifestyle choices, and family history and collaborating with your current healthcare physicians, naturopathic care uses a variety of therapies to support your optimal health.

Naturopathic medicine is a patient-focused primary health system blending traditional wisdom, natural medicine, and modern scientific research.

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic doctors are medically-trained professionals with a natural health focus. With the ability to requisition blood tests, perform physical exams, and order lab testing, Naturopathic practitioners blend modern scientific research, traditional wisdom, and natural healing medicine to design treatment programs that address the underlying cause of disease. In order to practice, Naturopathic Doctors receive a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education. This means that licensed Naturopathic Doctors will have completed a minimum of a 4-year undergraduate degree and an additional 4 years of training and practicum at an accredited North American Institution for Naturopathic Medicine. 

With over 3000 hours of classroom training and 1200 hours of supervised clinical experience, Naturopathic Doctors receive medical training in biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, immunology, botany, homoeopathy, acupuncture, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and more. Once they complete a Doctorate of a Naturopathic Medicine degree program, NDs must pass the North American standardized exam to become licensed in their province. After becoming registered professionals, NDs must remain committed to ongoing continuing education courses and yearly requirements approved by the regulator.

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Common Health Concerns Supported By Naturopathic Doctors

  • Digestive concerns
  • Women’s health
  • Thyroid health
  • Natural fertility
  • Prenatal and postnatal natural care
  • Stress & anxiety
  • Sleep issues
  • Pain management
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Healthy weight loss
  • Child check-ups
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Preventative ageing

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What to Expect at Your Appointment

At Hudson Integrative Healthcare, our Naturopathic practitioners create individualized treatment plans to facilitate natural healing in all aspects of health impacting your condition. Typically, appointments are 30-60 minutes in length and assess your concerns, medical history, lab test results, and imaging reports. During your appointment, we’ll work together to develop a treatment plan that draws on a combination of natural healing therapies, including diet and lifestyle changes, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homoeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, Traditional Chinese medicine, and acupuncture. Most health insurance plans cover Naturopathic Doctors and our administrative team offers direct billing for your convenience! 

Vitamin Injections

As one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world, your Naturopathic Doctor may recommend B12 injections to offset many symptoms of the deficiency, including fatigue, weakness, and low mood.

Fequently Asked Questions

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

“Naturopathic medicine starts with supporting the body in its amazing ability to heal itself. By looking at the root causes of illness rather than just the symptoms, and promoting healing through natural therapies, naturopathic medicine is a successful non-invasive way to prevent chronic illness as well as reduce reliance upon prescription medications (and all of their side effects). Think of it as your gateway to optimal health. From diet and exercise to understanding your body’s unique chemistry, naturopathic medicine aims to boost your immune system, prevent and treat chronic disease and increase your overall energy level. Naturopathic treatment draws from several modalities and is tailored to each patient. Depending on the doctor’s approach and the patient being treated, treatments may include clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homoeopathic medicine, physical treatments, acupuncture, and Asian medicine, lifestyle counseling, or a combination of these." - OAND (Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors

How do I pay for a visit to a Naturopathic Doctor?

OHIP does not cover visits to a naturopathic doctor. However, most extended healthcare plans include naturopathic care. Please check your policy to see whether you are covered for naturopathic medicine in Ontario. Official receipts will be issued at the end of each visit so that you may be reimbursed directly by your insurance company. Payment for appointments is required at the end of each visit by cash, cheque, debit, American Express, Visa or Mastercard.

Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated in Ontario?

"Yes. Naturopathic doctors are regulated in Ontario under the 1925 Drugless Therapy Act and are registered (licensed) by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDT-N). The BDDT-N’s mandate is to ensure that naturopathic doctors are properly qualified to practice naturopathic medicine and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice. Ontario’s new Naturopathy Act received final approval in June 2007 and will come into full effect following an extensive transition process. Once the transition is complete and the College of Naturopathy is established, naturopathic doctors will be regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, joining all other regulated health professions. Canadian naturopathic doctors are also regulated in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan." – OAND

Do I need to make another appointment if my supplements run out?

Your naturopathic treatment plan is valid for 3 months after your last visit or as discussed with your naturopathic practitioner. After this, a follow-up will be initiated to make sure your prescribed natural medicines are still necessary for you. You are welcome to come by the clinic anytime to pick up your supplement refills! Please call ahead to check if we have yours in stock. Dr Hudson can also send you an emailed link to her online dispensary via FullScript (a company based out of Ottawa) where you can shop online and have your supplements shipped directly to you within a few days.

What appointment type should I book if it’s been a long time since my last naturopathic appointment?

If you have not been to the clinic for more than 6 months, please book a 45-minute 'extended' follow-up (instead of the 'standard' 30 minutes). This will give you enough time to reconnect and discuss your current health concerns. The medical chart originally opened for you at the time of your initial appointment will be saved for a decade, so you are welcome and encouraged to return for naturopathic care no matter how long it has been since your last appointment!

Can I book a phone consult if I am unable to come into the clinic?

Phone consults are available to new and existing patients. They are a great option for times when you can not make it to our Stoney Creek-based naturopathic clinic! During your phone consult, we will talk about your current health concerns and an updated treatment plan will be emailed to you. If physical exams are necessary, your Naturopathic Doctor will recommend an in-person follow-up or coordinate with your local medical care to complete an assessment of your conditions if you live remotely. Payment can be taken either by credit card over the phone or via e-transfer.

What is the initial consultation with a Naturopathic Doctor like?

Your first visit with one of our naturopathic doctors (ND) will be 60-75 minutes in length. First, your ND will take an extensive patient history to gain information about your physical, mental, and emotional health. A complaint-oriented physical exam may be performed to get a better idea of your body's signs and symptoms and form a clinical diagnosis. 

If required, your ND may then suggest further specialized testing including blood tests. By using one or more of the naturopathic disciplines (clinical nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, physical medicine, lifestyle counselling, and homoeopathy), your ND will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your health goals. The frequency of subsequent follow-ups throughout the year will be based on your health goals, progress, and mutual decision between patient and practitioner so you stay on a path that sets you up for success.

Can you work with my current healthcare team to create my treatment plan?

Because naturopathic practitioners are educated as primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies, they have become an integral part of health care teams. Effective collaboration between your family doctor, specialists, and other members of your healthcare team is of utmost importance! 

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At Hudson Integrative Healthcare, our health professionals and front desk staff put you first. With everything you need to start living a life with more energy, strength, and joy under one roof, we support your physical and emotional health no matter where you're at. With free parking on site, an accessible ground-level entrance, an online booking calendar and patient portal, and direct billing and telemedicine options available, our Stoney Creek-based naturopathic clinic is here to provide you with compassionate, reliable care 12 hours a day, including evenings and weekends.

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