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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • Qualified naturopathic doctors
  • Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated?
  • Regulation of naturopathic medicine in Ontario
  • What is the difference between a naturopathic doctor and other holistic practitioners?
  • Can I see a Naturopathic Doctor if I already have a Family Medical Doctor?
  • Are naturopathic medical treatments covered by OHIP?
Qualified naturopathic doctors

A qualified naturopathic doctor is one who has completed a four-year, full-time program at an accredited school of naturopathic medicine. Following the completion of an accredited program, NDs must write and pass standardized North American board exams known as the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for regulation/licensing.

Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated?

Yes. Naturopathic doctors are regulated in Ontario under the 1925 Drugless Therapy Act and are registered (licensed) by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDT-N). The BDDT-N’s mandate is to ensure that naturopathic doctors are properly qualified to practice naturopathic medicine and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice.

Regulation of naturopathic medicine in Ontario

On July 1, 2015 the Naturopathy Act was proclaimed permitting NDs to prescribe, dispense, compound or sell “drugs” and access laboratory tests as designated by regulation. Upon Proclamation of the new Act, the Transition Council of the College of Naturopaths became the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and regulates the profession. You’ll find more information at OAND.org.

What is the difference between a naturopathic doctor and other holistic practitioners?

A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is a licensed physician, who has received medical training through one of 7 accredited naturopathic medical colleges in North America. A naturopathic doctor is a “naturopath”, however someone who uses the title naturopath is not necessarily a licensed naturopathic doctor.  An ND is trained in the use of natural therapies, but also has full medical training, the ability to diagnose, perform physical examinations and order lab tests

Can I see a Naturopathic Doctor if I already have a Family Medical Doctor?

Yes. Naturopathic medicine and conventional medicine are quite unique – people need both forms of treatment to suit different needs, at different times. You can continue to see your family doctor as you seek naturopathic care. NDs and MDs often collaborate on patient care.

Are naturopathic medical treatments covered by OHIP?

No, OHIP does not cover naturopathic services. However, most extended health insurance plans do cover visits to licensed naturopathic doctors. You will be issued an official receipt after paying for your visit, which you can send to your insurance company for reimbursement.