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What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicineis the art and science of diagnosing the root cause(s) of the external manifestations (the signs and symptoms), and their prevention and treatment with the use of clinical nutrition, lifestyle counselling, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, Naturopathic bodywork and Asian medicine.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) practice according to the following principles:
- First, to do no harm.
- To cooperate with the healing powers of nature
- To address the fundamental causes of disease.
- To heal the whole person through individualized treatment.
- To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine.
When Should I See a Naturopathic Doctor?
NDs treat a wide variety of injuries, ailments and conditions. Below are some of the most common conditions Dr. Moira manages on a regular basis:
- diet, lifestyle and supplement counseling for health promotion and prevention of future ailments/conditions;
- weight loss;
- digestive disorders such as constipation, acid reflux, IBS, food sensitivities, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis;
- women's health such as PMS, menstrual cramps or irregularities, yeast infections, cervical dysplasia and menopause;
- hormone imbalances;
- stress-related conditions such as high blood pressure, headaches, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, chronic susceptibility to colds/flus and sleep disorders;
- skin conditions such as eczema;
- nutritional deficiencies;
- adjunctive cancer care in order to fight/prevent cancer and to decrease the side effects from chemotherapy and/or radiation.
What should I expect at a my Naturopathic Appointment?
Initial Consultation (60 min): Your initial visit will allow your Naturopathic Doctor to get a full understanding of your main health concerns and is mainly for information gathering purposes. So, please come prepared to answer questions on everything from stress levels to energy to bowel movements! You will also be able to create or shape your goals for the steps that you will take to obtain optimal health.
To help make your first visit begin as smoothly and quickly as possible, please complete the Adult Intake Form below and bring it with you to your first visit. You can obtain this file either by downloading the PDF from the link below, or by emailing a request for the PDF files.
First Follow-Up Consultation (30 min): Your first follow-up appointment will usually take place two weeks after the initial visit. During this second visit with your ND, a quick complaint-oriented physical exam may be required, and you will be able to review the results of any lab testing that was performed or obtained. You will also discuss (and often negotiate!) the direction and detail of your individualized treatment and/or preventative care plan.
Subsequent Follow-Up Consultation (30 min): The frequency of follow-up appointments with your ND will depend on the treatment option(s) that is/are being pursued. These check-in sessions allow your ND to see how you are progressing, and to re-assess your main health concerns, or to address any new health concerns that have arise since your last visit.
What Type of Training Do Naturopathic Doctors Have?
After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, Dr. Moira Kwok ND graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in 2007. This is one of only seven accredited Naturopathic colleges in North America. She had undergone two sets of North American wide board examinations, in addition to the Ontario board examinations.
She is trained in general family practice with a special interest in women's health, digestive disorders, preventative medicine and adjunctive cancer care.
What Types of Treatments Does the Naturopathic Doctor Offer?
Dr. Moira Kwok ND uses a combination of nutritional and lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, supplements and acupuncture to create your individualized treatment plan. She also has additional training in cosmetic acupuncture and intravenous therapy.
Are Naturopathic Visits Covered by OHIP?
No, Naturopathic visits are not covered by OHIP. However, Naturopathic visits are covered by most extended healthcare insurance plans. Please look into your individual plan to see if you can take advantage of this reimbursement!
Can I still see my Medical Doctor?
Of course you can! The optimal treatment is the combination of both conventional and Naturopathic medicine working together to help each individual patient.