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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a regulated health profession which focuses on treating the underlying cause of disease and provides individualized treatment plans for patients. Naturopathic Doctors (ND) work with patients to achieve sustainable health outcomes.

What to expect from a visit with a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic medicine looks beyond patient symptoms and assesses the impacts of environment and lifestyle on health. These include factors such as: sleep, stress, diet, movement, and living environments. ND’s focus on disease prevention and promote healthy living as well as treat most acute and chronic health conditions.


Like a conventional Medical Doctor (MD), an initial appointment with an ND will usually involve a health history, physical exams and lab work. However, ND’s do not follow the Ontario care model and are able to spend more time with patients and take a detailed, holistic approach rather than a systems approach to treating disease.

What type of treatment do Naturopathic Doctors provide?

Treatment plans usually start with individualized lifestyle changes guided by patient history, comprehensive lab testing, and health goals. Common starting points focus on proper sleep, stress management, nutrition, movement, and lifestyle counselling. Individualized supplementation and injections, botanicals, acupuncture, and physical medicine may also be used.

Should I see a Naturopathic Doctor instead of my Family Doctor?

Naturopathic Medicine is complimentary to an integrative medical system. A patient should not see an ND as an alternative to their family physician, gynaecologist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, psychologist etc. Rather, an ND should be part of an inclusive health team in order to optimize health and fight disease.

A Naturopathic Doctor's Education

Naturopathic Doctors undergo four years of rigorous medical training at an accredited Naturopathic Medical School which requires a four-year pre-medical post-secondary education.


During the four years at an accredited College of Naturopathic Medicine, students are required to take over 3000 hours of classroom training and gain over 1200 hours of supervised clinical experience.

In order to qual­ify for licens­ing in Ontario, Natur­o­pathic Doc­tors must suc­cess­fully complete three sets of licensing examinations when finished schooling: Ontario Biomedical Examination, Ontario Clinical Sciences Examination, Ontario Clinical Practical Examination.

Once licensed, NDs are required to take part in con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion cred­its on an ongo­ing basis. In Ontario, ND’s are regulated by their regulatory body, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario under the Naturopathy Act 2007.

Conditions Treated

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Immune optimization

  • Weight loss

  • Reproductive health

    • Pre and post-natal care

    • Painful periods

    • Pre-Menstrual Syndrome

    • Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease

  • Digestive support

    • Heart burn

    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    • Food sensitivities

    • Crohn’s disease

    • Ulcerative Colitis

    • Bloating

  • Diabetes

  • Performance optimization

  • Healthy aging

  • Mental Health

    • Sleep support

    • Stress and overwhelm

    • Anxiety

    • Mild depression

  • Cardiovascular support

    • High blood pressure

    • High cholesterol

  • Autoimmune conditions

    • Rheumatoid arthritis

    • Lupus

    • Psoriasis

    • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

    • Graves disease

Want to Know More?

Book a free 15 min consult with Dr. Devlin, ND


Dr. Devlin, ND is currently accepting patients at Rose Health Clinic on Tuesday and Wednesdays and virtually on Monday and Thursdays. Both in person and virtual appointments are available for patients across Ontario. 

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