Vancouver Naturopathic Medicine
Vitalia provides primary Health Care from a licensed doctor.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) have extensive medical training, similar to the training of MDs, but with a focus on complimentary, traditional, and natural treatments. NDs are trained as general practitioners, and they are licensed medical professionals, able to treat everything from minor ailments to acute and chronic conditions.
Naturopathic Doctors focus on advanced diagnostic techniques and treatments that consider surgery and drugs last, instead of first. MDs focus on treating symptoms, Naturopathic Doctors seek to identify ways to change your health and lifestyle to improve overall health, which creates less necessity for regular treatment.
An Naturopathic Doctor’s approach can provide the solution they are looking for. If you are presently not suffering from an illness, but are interested in improving your health and overall quality of life, an ND can assist you in optimizing your health and proactively avoid illness.
If you have Extended Health Care, plans usually cover visits to an ND, including lab fees. British Columbia’s Medical Services Plan offers partial cover for ND visits under premium assistance.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
- Identify and remove obstacles to your recovery, focusing on underlying causes rather than merely suppressing symptoms.
- Use science-based, natural methods that minimize your risk of harmful side effects.
- Educate you, helping you take responsibility for your health.
- Treat you as an individual – taking into account your physical, mental, emotional, genetic, social and environmental factors.
- Emphasize disease prevention, assessment of risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease.
- Guide you to recognize and experience wellness so your body can better heal.
Health Care Coverage
Many Extended Health Care plans cover naturopathic consultations and laboratory tests. Please contact your provider for more information in regards to your coverage. Remember many plans offer coverage that reset at the end of the year. To ensure you maximize usage of your benefits, make your appointment before the end of the year!