Clinic FAQs

What is a teaching clinic?

For information on our teaching clinic please our teaching clinic page.

Will my visits be covered by insurance?

Naturopathic Medicine may be covered by MSP, and is often covered by extended medical plans. Please check with your plan to determine your coverage.

Can naturopathic doctors prescribe pharmaceutical medication?

In BC, naturopathic doctors are permitted to prescribe pharmaceutical medications provided that they have completed the required certification process. Not all naturopathic doctors prescribe pharmaceutical medication.

What can I expect on my first few visits?

First Visit:
During the first visit we take your full medical history in order to fully assess your health concerns. As this is an in-depth process, and we are a teaching clinic, your first visit will generally last about 75 mins.

Second Visit:
The second visit is generally devoted to a thorough physical examination both as a preventative measure, and as a way to ascertain your health status. Laboratory testing may also be indicated at this time.

Subsequent Visits:
At subsequent visits your clinic interns will discuss your treatment program, and evaluate progress towards your health goals.

How long are the appointments?

Initial appointment: 75 mins

Follow-up appointments: 45 mins

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care that supports the body’s innate healing processes and addresses the root cause of illness and disease. We combine evidence-based medicine with natural therapies and techniques to diagnose and treat acute and chronic health conditions. One of the main goals of Naturopathic Medicine is to treat the whole person through diet, nutrition, and exercise with the goal of preventing illness.

What conditions do naturopathic doctors treat?

Naturopathic doctors treat a multitude of both acute and chronic conditions for example:

  • preventing and treating colds & flu
  • eczema, psoriasis
  • arthritis
  • diabetes
  • insomnia
  • menopause
  • migraines
  • allergies
  • fibromyalgia
  • weight loss
  • mental health, stress, depression, and anxiety
  • high blood pressure
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