Frequently Asked Question’s

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

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.

What is the difference between Naturopathic Doctors and Medical Doctors?

Both are doctors, both provide primary care and both are similarly trained. The primary differences between naturopathic and conventional medicine are the philosophical approach and the therapies used. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) treat patients as individuals by addressing the physical, environmental, lifestyle, attitudinal, and emotional aspects of health. This allows naturopathic doctors to find and treat the cause of the disease using a variety of therapies. Conventional doctors generally address and treat the symptoms of disease and use pharmaceutical therapies or surgery.

Are Naturopathic Doctors Regulated?

On August 1, 2012 Alberta became the fifth province to regulate the practice of naturopathic medicine under Alberta’s Health Professions Act (HPA). The College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) is the regulatory body for Naturopathic Doctors in Alberta.  At this time, NDs in Alberta do not have prescribing authority but were granted access to IV substances as well as a number of other controlled acts.

Are Naturopathic Doctors covered by Alberta Health?

No, fees for naturopathic doctors are not currently covered by the Alberta Health Insurance Plan (AHCIP).  However, most private health insurance plans do offer coverage for naturopathic medicine.  Check with your benefits provider for details.