Is Naturopathic Medicine the right approach for my concerns?

Naturopathic Medicine can benefit most health concerns and medical conditions. It is also an excellent option if you are seeking to optimize your overall health and prevent disease with proactive lifestyle changes. There are a variety of services and treatments that can be used depending on your health concerns, medical history, lifestyle factors, and preferences. The website sections “Naturopathic Principles” and “Conditions Treated” can also help you discover how Naturopathic Medicine can help with your concerns.


What can I expect at Naturopathic visits?

At your first visit, Dr. Melanie Reidl, ND will take a comprehensive health history, perform indicated physical exams, and recommend specific lab tests in order to have a complete understanding of your health concerns. She will also provide initial treatment recommendations at this 75-minute visit. At your next 30 to 45-minute follow-up visit, Dr. Melanie Reidl, ND will present an individualized treatment plan. She will continue to work with you to improve your health concerns at consecutive follow-up visits, generally scheduled every 3 to 4 weeks.


How long does it take to see results?

There are many factors that affect the length of time it will take to achieve the improvements you are looking for. Because Naturopathic Medicine supports the body’s natural healing abilities instead of suppressing symptoms, the process can take more time when compared to conventional medicine. That said, the stronger your commitment is to your treatment plan and improving your overall health, the quicker you are likely to see results. Also, your results are more likely to be long-lasting due to the nature of a Naturopathic treatment approach.


Is Naturopathic Medicine science-based?

Naturopathic Medicine is strongly based on current scientific understanding of the body and disease. Naturopathic Doctors reach diagnoses after pertinent lab tests and physical exams are completed. With respect to treatments, there is an extensive and growing body of research to support the use of various natural compounds and therapies in a wide variety of clinical conditions. A common example of an evidence-based Naturopathic treatment is the use of Omega-3 fish oil supplementation for the prevention of cardiovascular events and heart disease. There is also evidence demonstrating that Naturopathic Medicine itself is an effective, safe, and cost-effective health care approach.


Can I see my Medical Doctor and a Naturopathic Doctor at the same time?

It is often encouraged to seek care from both a Naturopathic Doctor and a Medical Doctor. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to collaborate with other health care practitioners, and to identify and prevent any potential treatment interactions. The advantage of having an integrative health care team is that you benefit from each practitioner’s strengths and services, and receive more effective, individualized care.


What is the benefit of seeing a Naturopathic Doctor when I can get natural health advice from television shows, articles, or health food stores?

It is important to consider the education and training of the individuals or sources you receive natural health advice from. Supplements are often recommended without a complete understanding of your medical history and current health concerns, which is potentially dangerous as there may be interactions with medications or other illnesses. Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained to perform assessments and provide safe, effective, and individualized treatment plans to address your health concerns.


Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by OHIP or extended health care plans?

Although Naturopathic Medicine is not covered by Ontario Health Insurance, most extended health care benefit plans offer considerable coverage for Naturopathic Medicine.