Naturopathic medicine focuses on the prevention and treatment of diseases through natural means, by stimulating the body’s inherent healing capacity. Naturopathic doctors usually apply a holistic approach towards health, through using a number of natural therapies such as diet and lifestyle counseling, prescribing herbal and nutritional dietary supplements, traditional Chinese medicine, and acupuncture to treat their patients.
Naturopathic doctors are also known as NDs, or Naturopaths are regulated health care providers in Ontario who may act as your primary or adjunctive health care providers to prevent, diagnose, and treat non-emergent, most common and chronic health conditions through natural therapies.
NDs spend more time on learning natural medicine such as lifestyle medicine, clinical nutrition, dietary supplements, and herbal medicine instead of learning much about pharmaceutical drugs and surgery, which Medical Doctors focus on in medical school.
NDs have studied basic biomedical science and pharmacology, which make them capable to communicate with other health care providers such as family physicians, specialists, chiropractors, massage therapists, etc. if needed.
Their studies allow them to understand medication's main indication, the general mechanism of action, common side effects, and possible interactions and contraindications between prescribed medications and dietary supplements. Your naturopath can also interpret the result of basic diagnostic blood and urine test and imaging and create an individualized treatment plan based on her interpretation and the result of your naturopathic assessment.
Please note that NDs and medical doctors (MDs) have some distinct differences with regard to their education and their healthcare approaches.
Naturopathic doctors try to identify and treat the root causes of your symptoms, and to treat you as a whole person, meaning they try to take into consideration the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual. NDs try to educate their patients about health conditions, the healing process of a disease, and some disease preventative strategies.
These conditions include but are not limited to:
Digestive disorders: constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, acid reflux
Women health: painful menses, irregular menses, symptoms related to menopause, polycystic ovaries
Cardiovascular health: high cholesterol, high triglycerides
Endocrine health: Diabetes, underactive thyroid disease
Skin health: eczema, hair loss, acne
Mental health support: insomnia (mild-moderate), Stress (mild-moderate), low mood (mild-moderate)
Initial naturopathic assessment (virtual/ in-person): It usually lasts up to 90 minutes. Dr. Mozaffari, ND takes a detailed full history from you, performs a focused physical exam, and assesses your stress, mood, energy, sleep, and diet. Then she provides you with her naturopathic assessment and individualized treatment plan by using all the information she gathered from you and the result of any diagnostic blood tests, or imaging studies if available. Based on her assessment and your health condition she may refer you to your family physician for further workup if the need arises. However, she may still provide you with the appropriate naturopathic complementary treatment in those circumstances.
1st naturopathic consultation follows up (virtual/in-person): It usually lasts up to 45 minutes. Dr. Mozaffari, ND usually offers her first follow-up between 8-12 weeks from the date of your first appointment. Please note that this timeline may vary depending on the treatment plan and health condition. She will follow up on your initial treatment plan, may perform a focused physical exam, and will review your recent workup with your MD if applicable. She may provide you with some complementary treatment plans and recommendations. You are welcome to discuss with her any new health concerns during this visit as well.
Naturopathic consultation follows up (virtual/in-person)
It usually lasts up to 30 minutes. After your first follow-up, Dr. Mozaffari, ND usually recommends following up visits every 12 weeks. She reassesses your symptoms and tries to see if you need any support with yourcomplimentary treatment plan or not.
If you are not quite sure if naturopathic medicine would be the right option for you or not, our naturopath provides you with the opportunity to book a 15-minute free meet and greet appointment by phone or virtually prior to your initial assessment. You are welcome to ask your questions about naturopathy and her general approach to your health conditions. Please note that no detailed history taking, physical exams, or individualized treatment plan will be provided during this session.
Initial naturopathic assessment (90min): $200
Naturopathic consultation follows up (45min): $100
Naturopathic consultation follows up (30min): $75