Frequently Asked Questions
Your Questions, Answered
Do I have to be a patient of Full Circle to order product?
While some of our brands are available to the public, many of the professional brands are only available to patients with a prescription from a licensed health care provider.
Are natural health practitioners regulated?
Naturopathic doctors are regulated by legislation in Ontario, Alberta BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and 15 US States. Naturopaths, along with chiropractors, registered massage therapists, acupuncturists and midwives are the only complementary and alternative medical professions regulated in Canada (via government regulation). Other disciplines are managed by their colleges / associations.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to see a Naturopath?
Nope! Naturopathic doctors are considered primary care practitioners in Ontario, and as such require no referral.
Are visits covered by health insurance?
Most extended health insurance plans in Canada cover naturopathic services, including all treatment modalities such as acupuncture, nutritional consults and physical assessments. As naturopathic doctors and other CAM practitioners use alternatives to costly drugs and surgeries, more insurance companies are beginning to investigate expanding the coverage of these cost-effective treatment methods.
What can I expect during my visit?
The initial appointment with a naturopathic doctor is normally between 60 and 90 minutes and subsequent appointments are roughly 30 minutes in length. Your naturopath will take a detailed history of your current and past health concerns, conduct a physical exam and use information from laboratory tests to make an assessment and diagnosis. With your input, a personalized treatment plan will be proposed to help you reach your health goals successfully.
What are the advantages of naturopathic care?
Naturopathic doctors aim to address underlying causes of disease rather than simply manage symptoms. Naturopaths evaluate each patient as an individual and involve and empower them in managing their own health. Naturopathic doctors routinely restore health without the use of drugs or surgery and all of the associated side-effects and contraindications. Typical naturopathic treatment methods include diet and lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, nutritional therapy and sometimes acupuncture.