What kind of training do ND’s have?

Eight years total: four years of undergraduate pre-medical studies, then a four year post-grad doctorate degree.

Can ND’s prescribe drugs or order labs?

Many ND’s now have prescribing authority in BC for pharmaceuticals.  ND’s can also order most of the conventional blood tests MD’s order as well as others types of labs that may not be available through MD’s.  These include blood testing for food allergies and salivary hormone testing.

Are ND’s covered by MSP?

Generally no, but there are instances where a visit may be partially covered for those on MSP premium assistance.  For more info see the Fees section of the website.

What’s the difference between Homeopathy and Naturopathy?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to work with the body’s ability to heal itself and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathy emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.  Naturopaths are a regulated health profession licensed as primary care physicians and trained in not only homeopathy, but also botanical medicine, therapeutic nutrition, counseling, spinal manipulation, acupuncture, and other therapies.  Homeopathy is thus a tool that some Naturopaths use.  Homeopaths conversely are not a regulated health profession and are not licensed to practice medicine.  Homeopaths exclusively use homeopathic remedies.