Frequently Asked Questions

MNA - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine / acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling.

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. They work in partnership with other regulated health care providers to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible.

How is a Naturopathic Doctor different than a medical doctor?

The primary differences between naturopathic and conventional medicine are the philosophical approach and therapies used. Naturopathic doctors treat patients as individuals by addressing the physical, environmental, lifestyle, and emotional aspects of health. Naturopathic Doctors treat the cause of disease using natural, non-invasive therapies.

What conditions do Naturopathic Doctors treat?

Naturopathic Doctors treat a variety of diseases and conditions such as: Allergies, Diabetes, Cancer, Autoimmune conditions, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol etc. Please see our member directory for a detailed list of our members and the conditions they treat.

Are Naturopathic services covered by health insurance?

In Manitoba, naturopathic services are covered by many private insurance policies. Please review your individual policy to determine the type of coverage available.

Do Naturopathic Doctors have access to diagnostic tests?

Naturopathic Doctors in Manitoba have access to all the basic lab tests that MD's utilize (CBC, Cholesterol Panels, etc), however if a naturopathic doctor writes the script for the test, the patient will be billed by the lab for the specific tests requested as it will not be covered by Manitoba Health. Naturopathic Doctors do not have access to Ultrasound, MRI, etc. However they are trained in utilizing these tests to make a diagnosis and direct a treatment plan. Naturopathic Doctors often utilize other types of testing including IgG food sensitivity panels (food allergy testing), Stool analysis, etc.

Can I see a Naturopathic Doctor and a Family Doctor at the same time?

Yes, many individuals see both a General Practitioner (MD) and a Naturopathic Doctor for their health care needs. ND's work in partnership with other health care providers to ensure patients receive the best care possible.

Therapies used by Naturopathic Doctors may include:

  • Clinical Nutrition

    Clinical Nutrition examines the relationship between diet and health. Special diets may be recommended. Treatment may include nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutraceuticals.

  • Botanical/Herbal Medicine

    The use of Botanical/Herbal Medicine for healing dates back to the beginnings of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. Plant substances from around the world may be used for their healing effects and nutritional value.

  • Homeopathy

    Based on the principle of "like cures like", Homeopathic Medicine uses minute amounts of natural substances to stimulate the self-healing abilities of the body.

  • Physical Therapy

    A variety of hands-on techniques for the spine, joints and soft tissues. Physical Therapy also includes hydrotherapy and the therapeutic use of light, heat and cold, massage and ultrasound.

  • Asian Medicine & Acupuncture

    Based on balancing the flow of Chi (energy) through the meridian pathways, Asian Medicine includes the use of acupuncture and Oriental herbs.

  • Lifestyle Counseling

    Physical, emotional, nutritional and environmental factors affect health. Lifestyle Counseling helps patients make informed choices to reach and maintain their optimal health.

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Manitoba Naturopathic Association
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Winnipeg, MB R3M 0Y0