What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a multifaceted health care system. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to diagnose and provide treatment for numerous health conditions – in this way they are very similar to your general practitioner, or family doctor but they practice according to the 6 fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine:

  1. The Healing Power of Nature
    Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
  2. Identify and Treat the Causes
    Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
  3. First Do No Harm
    Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
  4. Doctor as Teacher
    Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
  5. Treat the Whole Person
    View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions.
  6. Prevention
    Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.

How are Naturopathic Physicians trained?

A naturopathic doctor (ND) must complete a minimum of 3 years of an accredited University undergraduate program, as well as 4 years of naturopathic medical training and all of the associated board licensing examinations. Overall, NDs receive over 4500 hours of clinical and academic training, on top of post-graduate courses. Take a look at how NDs are trained compared to other medical professionals here.

Is Naturopathic Medicine Safe?

Yes, very. NDs have an excellent safety record. NDs are trained to understand interactions between conventional medicines and naturopathic medicines and the possible contraindications associated with each case. In places where Naturopathic Medicine is unregulated (ie. New Brunswick), people who don’t have professional training can say they are an ND, even though their education may be limited. Be sure to ask about training and certifications before working with new practitioners to avoid wasting resources or getting injured. 

Is Naturopathic Medicine Research-Based?

Yes. There is a large body of evidence in support of naturopathic medicine. It is a rapidly-growing field in which older, proven methods of treatment are combined with highly researched, medically-advanced protocols. Further to this, NDs use much of the same laboratory testing and analysis that your general practitioner would use diagnosing your condition.

What happens during a consultation with Dr. Deane?

Once you book in, you’ll receive an email with directions regarding what to bring to your first appointment. When you come to the studio, let the people at reception know you have arrived. You will be welcomed into the consultation room at your scheduled time slot and asked a few questions about what you’re looking to work on (pain, insomnia, anxiety…etc.) before Dr. Deane leaves the room for you to get comfy on the massage table. Some people bring shorts to change into, while others wear their undergarments under the blankets.

During the treatment, you will feel the doctor gently activate your muscles and tendons with her hands followed by 2 minute breaks before moving onto the next area to be treated, starting on your back and flipping over halfway through. Some specialized moves are done in a seated or standing position near the end of the session. If it’s warranted, Dr. Deane may perform a physical exam (blood pressure, temperature, head, heart, lung…etc.).

Before you head out, you’ll be presented with your customized treatment plan. At the end of your visit, your plan will be emailed to you, along with an invoice to be paid at reception.

How long will it take before I feel better?

Most people feel a shift in their condition after the first treatment. Depending on the severity of your concern and how long you have been dealing with it, the doctor may recommend that you come back for another treatment after 1 (severe), 2 (moderate) or 3 weeks (mild). Since the recommendations made in your treatment plan include diet, herb/supplement and lifestyle advice, it could take a few weeks to months before the full effects of these changes take place. The best way to fast track your success is to be honest about how your treatment plan is going, so adjustments can be made that will make the process as easy as possible.

Since Dr. Deane specializes in sexuality, does that mean I have to talk about my sex life with her?

No. It’s important to note that everything discussed between Dr. Deane and her patients remains strictly confidential. Although many patients discover the level of comfort provided during consultations exceeds expectations and conversation flows openly, it is up to the individual to decide which intimate details need to be shared and when.