WHAT IS A NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN (ND)?

Naturopaths are trained primary care practitioners who can treat most general health concerns, but emphasize individualized medicine combining both advanced natural and conventional therapies. NDs practice with a unique philosophy to address physical, environment, lifestyle, and emotional aspects of health in an effort to uncover the root cause of illness. For more information please visit the national and provincial associations for naturopathic physicians in Canada:

www.bcna.ca

www.cand.ca

What can a Naturopathic Physician do for you?

Naturopathic Doctors treat all forms of health concerns. Many prospective patients seek naturopathic care for the following reasons:

  • Persons looking for preventative medicine

  • Persons looking for alternative treatment methods

  • Persons suffering chronic illness that conventional medicine has not been able to effectively support or resolve

  • Persons wanting advice on combining conventional and natural therapies

  • Persons desiring a medical relationship with a practitioner who spends the time to know them and fully listen to their concerns.

  • Persons exploring private laboratory testing

THE PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

FIRST, DO NO HARM

Naturopathic Doctors in BC have a broad scope of practice ranging from dry herbs to prescription hormones. We are trained to first consider, if warranted, minimally invasive therapies. While following standard of care medicine, we are able to work within a therapeutic order of treatments from lifestyle interventions to drugs and referrals when necessary.

SCIENTIA CRITICA

Critical appraisal and critical consciousness are important for NDs to evaluate medical knowledge, whether it be historical and traditional medicine use or modern day medical advancements. We strive to be up to date and knowledgeable so that you can feel confident and comfortable with our care.

THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE

NDs look to nature for remedies that can often support our medical needs. We have so much in our system of medicine that acts synergistically with our body’s physiology in order to promote self-healing. Our relationship to our environment is one of the strongest medicines we have.

THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE

NDs look to nature for remedies that can often support our medical needs. We have so much in our system of medicine that acts synergistically with our body’s physiology in order to promote self-healing. Our relationship to our environment is one of the strongest medicines we have.

TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON

We are not islands unto ourselves. If a symptoms presents on our arm, the treatment may not necessarily applied to the arm. We see the big picture and direct our attention to you as a whole person. This is holism at its core.

Do I need a referral to see an ND?

You do not need a referral to book an appointment with an ND. However, they firmly believe in collaborative care approach so if you are under the care of another healthcare practitioner (DC, RMT, MD, TCM, RAc, DO, PT) they are more than committed to working together for your betterment. Dr. Parmar is happy to refer to a team of incredible healthcare practitioners he works with including Chiropractors, Registered Massage Therapists and Registered Acupuncturists.

What is a typical visit?

An initial consultation involves a thorough one-hour medical history review and evaluation of your health goals. Follow-up appointments are generally 30 minutes.

Are the costs of my visits covered by MSP?

Currently, MSP only covers visits for persons with premium assistance. If you have extended health insurance please check with your provider for coverage details for both visits and laboratory testing.

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