How does a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) compare to a Medical Doctor (MD)?
Like MD's, licensed ND's also have post-secondary education and receive accredited medical training in diagnostics, physical
exam, and treatment. ND's are also qualified to act as primary healthcare practitioners, meaning that your naturopath may
oversee your full medical care including regular screening physical exams, and treatment of both acute and chronic health
conditions, although you are fully encouraged to maintain care with your MD as well - a complementary treatment approach
with a team of dedicated health care providers works best!
Each individual has a unique practice style (ND's and MD's included) but generally the differences between ND's and MD's lie
in health philosophies, appointment structure, treatment methods, and scope of practice.
MD treatment methods tend to focus on suppressing symptoms (e.g. cough suppressants, steroid skin creams); ND's,
however, believe that symptoms are an expression of the body's natural attempts at self-healing and should be supported
and supplemented. ND's have their strength in that they are oftentimes better equipped to treat a problem at the root and
treat the underlying cause of the disease, which naturally leads to cessation of symptoms. Furthermore, ND treatment
methods tend to be more gentle, have fewer side effects, and lead to permanent correction of the core imbalance. ND's
also seek to understand the symptom picture as a whole, rather than treating each symptom individually.
Appointments with an ND are generally longer than those with an MD because all health concerns are discussed
thoroughly and treatment is designed to treat the overall condition. Treatment therapies are typically also more involved
and require more effort and commitment from the patient.
ND's use completely natural treatment therapies and substances - although some processing techniques are applied to
the development of supplements and herbal preparations, all of the ingredients are derived from a natural source and not
synthesized through chemical techniques.
ND's are not equipped to treat emergency conditions (e.g. heart attack, stroke, car accident, etc.), however, once the
patient is stabilized, naturopathic treatment can provide an invaluable adjunct to aid in recovery and, in the case of chronic
diseases, prevention of repeat occurrence.
How do Naturopathic Doctors (ND's) differ from other "Natural Medicine Doctors"?
In regulated provinces such as Ontario, the titles "Naturopathic Doctor", "Naturopath" and "Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine"
are legally protected and may only be used by individuals who have undergone specific training and attained licensure with the
naturopathic board of directors.
Other titles, such as "Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM)" or "Natural Health Doctor" etc. are not protected in this way, and
individuals using these titles may not have received standardized training. Furthermore, patients who have insurance
coverage for "Naturopathic Medicine" may not be able to claim treatment by individuals who are not licensed Naturopathic
ND's are different from other natural health practitioners, such as dieticians/nutritionists, acupuncturists, herbalists, etc. in that
they are trained in multiple natural therapies and are able to combine them in order to address a patient's health using a multi-
therapy approach to elicit a greater healing response.
Is Naturopathic Medicine legally recognized?
least 3 years of undergraduate study before entering the 4-year naturopathic program, and successfully pass the North
What training do Naturopathic Doctors (ND's) receive?
undergraduate study (most have a full Bachelor's degree) including university courses in general biology, physiology,
biochemistry, organic chemistry, psychology, and humanities prior to admission. Click here for more information about
applying to the naturopathic program at CCNM.
The Naturopathic medical program at CCNM is a 4 years in length with over 3000 hours of in-classroom training with courses
in physiology, biochemistry, differential diagnosis, lab diagnosis, pharmacology, and more in addition to learning naturopathic
therapies (nutrition, acupuncture, counselling, etc.). Students also obtain more than 1200 hours of clinical experience,
Greater Toronto Area. Click here for more information about the naturopathic program at CCNM.
In order to practice in regulated provinces such as Ontario, naturopaths must pass the North American standardized
Who should see a Naturopathic Doctor? What types of conditions do ND's treat?
1. Patients looking for disease prevention and health promotion
2. Patients who prefer to address their health naturally, and would like the
guidance of a trained professional
3. Patients with mild symptoms or lab abnormalities that do not warrant
pharmaceutical/conventional medical treatment
4. Patients with symptoms they have not been able to find a diagnosis for
5. Patients with diagnosed illness(es) looking for complementary OR
Naturopathic doctors specialize in the prevention and treatment of long-term/chronic illnesses that include but are not limited
to the following:
Stress and Anxiety
Hormonal imbalances (Menopause, PCOS, hypothyroidism, etc)
Diabetes and Heart Disease
Stomach/Intestinal problems (IBS, diarrhea, constipation, etc)
Muscle/joint pain (Arthritis, frozen shoulder, chronic back pain, etc)
and more ...
Click here for more information about the types of conditions ND's treat.
What treatment techniques do Naturopathic Doctors (ND's) use?
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) may use one or more of the following therapies based on patient needs and comfort level:
All treatment options are discussed at length in appointments and patients have the right to decline any recommendations they
are not comfortable with. Click here for more information about naturopathic therapies.
Will I have to stop taking my medications or seeing my Medical Doctor (MD)?
Naturopathic medicine works in complement with other forms of medical care, and can even correct deficiencies or reverse
side effects induced by medications. Naturopathic Doctors are also trained to identify interactions between a patient's
medications and natural supplements and tailor their naturopathic treatments accordingly.
You will not be required to discontinue treatment by your MD or change your drug regimen in order to receive naturopathic
care by Dr. Lun.
How long are appointments with a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?
Every ND practices differently, but generally the first appointment is longer and involves a complete history taking in order for
the doctor to get a clear picture of the patient's health status and treatment requirements.
Your first appointment with Dr. Lun will be 90-120 minutes long and will include a full case history as well as some physical
examination. Your second appointment will be 60-75 minues long and will include a review of the treatments initiated in the first
appointment, and in-office treatment such as acupuncture and/or further treatment recommendations if applicable. Follow-up
appointments vary in length depending on patient needs and preferences, generally becoming shorter as treatment
progresses, and may include in-office treatments such as acupuncture.
Dr. Lun does not require patients to commit to a pre-scheduled appointment regimen or payment plan. Click here for a
complete list of Appointment lengths and Fees.
How is treatment billed?
Payments are taken following each appointment and may be made by credit card, debit, or cash. Dr. Lun does not offer direct
billing to insurance companies at this time. Click here for a complete list of Appointment lengths and Fees.
Will my insurance plan cover naturopathic treatment?
Many private healthcare plans have coverage for naturopathic treatment under the following categories:
Acupuncture (some companies cover acupuncture performed by an ND)
Homeopathy (some companies cover homeopathic treatment performed by an ND)
Health Spending Account
Contact your insurance provider for more information. They may ask you about your ND's qualifications, licensure, and fees.
There is unfortunately no subsidy under Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) at this time, even with a referral from a medical