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NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Naturopathic Medicine - Is it for me?
  2. Why Naturopathic Medicine?
  3. Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
  4. What kinds of health conditions do Naturopathic Doctors treat?
  5. What is the difference in the training that a naturopathic doctor receives versus other health care professionals?
  6. How long have you been in practice?
  7. I have a health concern but I am not sure what I should do - do I need a doctor’s referral to come to see you?
  8. What should I expect at my first naturopathic visit to the clinic?
  9. How much does my initial visit cost?
  10. What happens after the first visit?
  11. Do you do house calls?
  12. Can we invite your practitioners to do a health seminar for our company?
  13. Are any of your services covered by OHIP?
  14. Is my confidential health information protected?

Naturopathic Medicine - Is it for me?

Naturopathic Medicine is holistic care. It connects the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the body to find the root cause of disease and its symptoms and treat them using natural and safe methods such as botanical medicine, homeopathy, diet and supplements, among others tools. One is never too old or too young to enjoy good health, being at the peak of their performance and full of energy, therefore yes, naturopathic medicine is definitely for you.

Why Naturopathic Medicine?

Toronto Naturopath SUSHMA SHAH ND, believes in healing the body from within and that is what her treatment of symptoms / disease is focused on. The body has the ability to heal itself if given the right tools. Naturopathic Medicine is the art and science of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease using natural therapies with a focus on optimizing health and well-being through individualized patient care and public education.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

  • Primum non nocere - do not harm, effective health care with the least risk for all patients

  • Vis medicatrix naturae - healing power of nature, respect and promote self-healing

  • Tolle causum - treat the cause, identify and remove causes, avoid suppression of symptoms

  • Docere - doctor as teacher, educate the patients, inspire rational hope, encourage self-responsibility

  • Treat the whole person - each person is unique with their own factors effecting their health

  • Health promotion is best prevention - well-being includes health individually, in the community and globally

What kinds of health conditions do Naturopathic Doctors treat?

Naturopathic doctors are trained to diagnose and treat various acute and chronic conditions, just like your regular general practitioner. However, naturopathic doctors recognize that the every individual is different and so are the manifestations of disease, hence naturopathic physicians treat each person with an individualized plan that is specifically tailored to meet the individual’s needs.

What is the difference in the training that a naturopathic doctor receives versus other health care professionals?

A licensed and registered ND has received at least 4 years of post- graduate training from an accredited naturopathic medical institution. Admission requirements include at least three years of pre – medical sciences at a university. Training includes clinical and medical sciences, natural therapeutic methods of healing, extensive clinical experience and are then subject to licensure examinations from the Naturopathic Practitioners Licensing Examinations and practical examinations from the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy Act.

How long have you been in practice?

Toronto Naturopath Sushma Shah, ND, has been in practice since June 2004, however she has been in this field for the past five years, working and educating communities and cooperate clients in and outside of the GTA on various health issues and has trained a lot of health practitioners on supplements and health problems using an all around naturopathic approach using the latest therapies, diagnostic methods and information available.

I have a health concern but I am not sure what I should do. Do I need a doctor’s referral to come to see you?

We accept new patients without a doctor's referral. If you have specific health concerns and are not sure where to begin please contact us by e-mail info@naturesintentionsnaturopathy.com with a brief description of your condition or call us at 416 913 4325 (HEAL) to book an appointment with Sushma Shah, our naturopathic doctor, for an initial naturopathic consultation and health evaluation.

It is recommended that you bring any recent medical test results (i.e. X-ray, CT, MRI report, Blood & urine test results) with you to your initial consultation. However, Dr. Sushma Shah, N.D. may recommend specific testing at the clinic based on your health issues.

If you do not have specific health concerns and would like to come in for other naturopathic services and would like to optimize your health and well being naturally with diet and lifestyle modifications, please give us a call to schedule an appointment.

What should I expect at my first naturopathic visit to the clinic?

At your initial visit, which usually lasts about an hour, you should expect the following:

  • In depth symptom intake of your health concerns to better understand how your lifestyle, diet, and external factors such as environment and stress may be contributing to your symptoms, and to understand the ROOT cause of your concerns / symptoms.
  • 1 Standard blood test
  • Urine test

The blood work and urine testing is done by a medical laboratory, and the fees for the blood work and urine testing are included in your first visit. You may be recommended additional testing depending on your health symptoms. Our naturopath may recommend some lifestyle and diet modifications and supplements at the end of the appointment to improve your health symptoms if needed.

Once you book your inital appointment, we will recommend you to fill out patient forms that you can download and print to bring to your appointment or fill out at the clinic before the appointment, so that we can get an idea of your symptoms and suggest the best possible natural approach to your health concerns.

How much does my initial visit cost?

Your initial visit costs $180 and includes:

  • Initial 1 hour consultation
  • 1 standard blood test
  • Urine test

If you require any specialized blood, urine, saliva, hair or stool testing, our naturopath will inform you. The patient is responsible for the charges of any other testing required, as OHIP does not cover naturopathic services. However, most of our services are covered through extended health benefits. Please check with your provider.

What happens after the first visit?

After the first visit, our naturopath will book you for a second visit, where she conducts a

  • Full physical examination (including a breast exam for women)
  • Body fat analysis
  • Blood glucose test

As you know no two individuals are alike, just as no two cases are alike. Our naturopath then works with the information provided from you, the physical examination and the laboratory testing to come up with the best possible natural treatment approach for you using the principles of naturopathic medicine.

Do you do house calls or phone consultations?

We do not offer any house calls at the present time. We do offer phone consultations if you are unable to visit the clinic physically.

Can we invite your practitioners to do a health seminar for our company?

Yes, you can set up a time with our practitioners to do a lecture or a lunch and learn series on various health and wellness topics for your company events and conventions.

If you would like more information regarding any of these wellness options, please call us at 416 913 4325 (HEAL) or you can check out our article page to see if there is an article of interest that you would like presented at your company for the benefit of your employees health.

Are any of your services covered by OHIP?

Unfortunately none of our services are covered by OHIP. However, most of our services are covered by extended health benefits, many employee benefit and private insurance plans. Enquire with your insurance provider.

Is my confidential health information protected?

Privacy of your personal information is an important part of providing you with health care. All practitioners who come into contact with your personal information are aware of the sensitive nature of the information that you have disclosed to us. They are all trained and committed to ensuring the appropriate use and protection of your information.


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