Wellness Naturopathic Centre

Natural Medicine for You and Your Family

Frequently Asked Questions

What is naturopathic medicine?
Are naturopathic doctors licensed?
Are the terms “naturopath” and “naturopathic physician” the same?
How is a naturopathic doctor different from a medical doctor?
What types of conditions do naturopathic doctors treat?
Does the medical services plan cover naturopathic fees?
Do I need a referral from my family doctor?
What is covered during the initial visit?
What are the forms of payments and the cancellation policy?


What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is an art and science that embraces the innate healing power of the body. It is a branch of medicine that takes the natural approach to health and emphasizes the importance of treating the underlying cause of dis-ease rather than merely the superficial symptoms. It is a medicine that has been used thousands of years, having continually advanced over the years with many studies and much research in confirming and establishing its clinical efficacy.

Naturopathic medicine incorporates a holistic approach to health and signifies the importance of the mind-body connection. Some of the treatment modalities used include clinical nutrition, phytotherapy (herbal medicine), traditional Chinese medicine, physical medicine, homeopathic medicine, and hydrotherapy.

Are naturopathic doctors licensed?
Yes, naturopathic doctors are licensed primary health care physicians in BC. They make diagnosis based on physical exams, laboratory testing, and diagnostic imaging including x-rays and ultrasound in the same way as all family physicians. They diagnose and treat both acute and chronic conditions.

Are the terms “naturopath” and “naturopathic physician” the same?
No, a naturopathic physician undergoes extensive training and rigorous exams including the two part Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam as set by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners. A naturopathic physician must further pass the provincial board exams before being licensed to practice. They are trained in the same basic sciences as in any medical school and then branching out in clinical sciences as well naturopathic modalities of treatment. Naturopathic doctors have a governing body that sets forth professional standards of practice for all naturopathic doctors to ensure that the public is receiving the highest and safest standard of care. They are also required to fulfill the yearly continuing medical education credits as set forth by provincial regulatory boards.

A naturopath on the other hand is not licensed and does not work under such standards. Anyone who has had some training in natural health can use the title “naturopath”.  

How is a naturopathic doctor different from a medical doctor?
Naturopathic doctors are trained in the same medical sciences and methods of diagnosis as a medical doctor. Where the difference lies is in their respective areas of focus on treatment. Whereas medical doctors treat with pharmaceutical drugs and surgery, naturopathic doctors are trained to treat the underlying root cause with non-pharmaceutical, natural modalities that work with the body’s innate ability to heal and return to good health.

What types of conditions do naturopathic doctors treat?
Naturopathic doctors can treat both acute and chronic conditions of almost any nature in any age group. When specific specialized care is needed, NDs refer patients out to other doctors and health care practitioners. Working with all health care practitioners in achieving the best results for patients is of much importance to naturopathic doctors.

Naturopathic doctors also help set up wellness programs for patients as a means to prevent disease and lead a healthy way of life.

Does the medical services plan cover naturopathic fees?
There is currently no MSP coverage available for naturopathic care except for those individuals who are on premium assistance. Most extended health plans cover visits to naturopathic doctors, usually 80% of visits are covered by such plans, check with your provider for specific details on your coverage.

Do I need a referral from my family doctor?
No, no referral is needed.

What is covered during the initial visit?
There will be an in depth case taking including the patient’s health history, family history, and all lifestyle factors. This process is a very important initial step before the development of an individualized treatment. This is the step in which all the details or rather the pieces of the puzzle are gathered in order to uncover the root cause of the patient’s condition, and establish a treatment plan that would most effectively treat the whole person and bring forth long lasting results. If further lab tests are needed, recommendations will be made at this point.

What are the forms of payments and the cancellation policy?
Payment Methods:
All fees are due at the time of service. We accept Cash, Visa, Mastercard and Interac. We do not accept cheques.
Cancellation Policy: A minimum of 24 hours is required for cancellation of appointment; otherwise there will be a $40 charge for the missed visit.