Dr, Lisa Keen. Live Well Naturally

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is an integrated primary health care system that combines scientific knowledge with natural and traditional medicine. Based on a philosophy that embraces the healing power of nature, naturopathic medicine supports and stimulates the body's ability to heal itself through the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies. Naturopathic medicine focuses on treating and healing the entire person, not simply curing the symptoms of disease.

Naturopathic doctors undergo training similar to that of conventional medical doctors. They also receive additional diagnostic and therapeutic training in naturopathic disciplines, including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulation and lifestyle counseling. Naturopathic doctors typically have at least eight years of post-secondary education and must meet rigorous national examination and licensing requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a naturopathic doctor (ND) and a conventional medical doctor (MD)?
Naturopathic doctors and conventional medical doctors each provide primary patient care and are similarly trained. The key difference is in their philosophical approaches to medicine. Conventional medical doctors typically address and treat the symptoms of disease by using pharmaceutical therapies and/or surgery, while naturopathic doctors treat the whole person by addressing the physical, environmental, lifestyle, attitudinal and emotional aspects of health.

Is naturopathic medicine coverage by Alberta Health Care?
Many private and corporate health benefit plans cover naturopathic medical visits and tests. Please check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage and/or to request that your policy be extended to include naturopathic services. Naturopathic visits are not currently covered by provincial health care plans.

Do I need a referral to see a naturopathic doctor?
No. A referral is not necessary to book an appointment with a naturopathic doctor.

What can expect from my initial visit?
Expect your visit to last up to one hour. Dr. Keen will conduct a thorough consultation, and a detailed health history will be reviewed. A general physical exam is typically part of your first visit, and a focused physical exam may be required in acute cases.

Dr. Keen will also conduct electrodermal screening for specific remedies or organ systems, and initial recommendations for your treatment protocol will be made.

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