FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is an alternative medicine with a holistic approach. It focuses on treating the root cause of a condition by combining evidence-based and traditional medicine. Our goal is to treat the person as a whole by considering the physiological, psychological, spiritual, sociocultural, and environmental aspects. It recognizes that everyone is different and works towards having a partnership with each patient.By using different naturopathic treatment tools (such as lifestyle & nutritional counselling, herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, homeopathy, manipulations, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture), naturopathy aims to support the body’s healing potential.
What is accessible healthcare?
In order to make healthcare more accessible, we take into consideration the potential barriers to health. We believe in an anti-oppressive framework and want to provide a safe space for everyone who works with us (BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, non-conformity ally, sex/kink positive, body positive, culturally sensitive).
We also offer affordable rates, telemedicine (phone and online consults), and sustainable recommendations (financially, physically, mentally, culturally). We want to ensure that you have a positive journey towards wellness.
Read more about what accessible healthcare means to Dr. Suki Hon by clicking here .
What does affordable naturopathic care mean?
Affordability is one of the factors in accessible healthcare. We recognize that naturopathic consults can be quite expensive. In order to remove this barrier, we offer full and reduced rates (except for facial rejuvenation cosmetic acupuncture) for all our patients.
However, if this is still preventing you from seeking naturopathic care, we are more than happy to discuss what works for you (sliding scale model also available). Just mention this at the beginning of our visit so we get a mutual understanding. We will never ask for any proof of income.
It is also important to know that affordable care is not discount care; you are still receiving the same quality patient-centered care from us. To see our fee schedule, click here.
What kind of training do naturopathic doctors have and how are they regulated?
How is naturopathic medicine different from conventional medicine?
The main difference between naturopathic medicine and western medicine comes from our treatment approach and therapies used.
Conventional medicine mainly uses prescription drugs and/or surgery to treat symptoms. Naturopathy aims to find the root cause of the symptom and treat it by using different modalities. This includes lifestyle and nutritional counselling, herbal medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, manipulations, homeopathy, and physical medicine.
We treat patients as a whole by considering the physical, mental, environmental, sociocultural and spiritual being, as opposed to just the disease itself.
Do you work with other doctors?
Yes! We believe integrative medicine is key for individual wellness. Collaborating with other professionals, especially conventional doctors, is crucial; you deserve your very own health team!
When should someone go to a naturopathic doctor?
Since naturopathic medicine focuses on both symptom management and disease prevention, anyone can visit a naturopathic doctor as long as the motivation for change is present.
What do naturopathic doctors treat?
Naturopathic doctors can help with things such as hormonal imbalances, immune support, liver detoxification, stress and pain management and much more!
Conditions treated but not limited to: anxiety, depression, low energy, stress, adrenal fatigue & burnout, hormonal imbalances, digestive concerns (gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome/IBS), pain, migraines, headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, weight loss, weight gain, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, acne, allergies, asthma, arthritis, irregular periods, menopause, and much more!
Suki has a special interest in tackling modern day conditions caused by our current lifestyle and environment.
Are naturopathic doctors covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies provide coverage for naturopathic visits. Please ask your insurance provider for more details (i.e., percentage covered per visit, annual limit).
Note that you can only claim naturopathic coverage from us. Although other modalities such as acupuncture and massage can be used, we are not licensed acupuncturists or massage therapists. If your ND has multiple licenses, please consult with them about additional coverage.
What can I/we expect in my/our visit?
Initial visit: During our first visit, we will make sure you understand the process of getting naturopathic care (consent, understanding your rights, expectations, timelines, etc.). We will have an open discussion about your health goals and what kind of treatments are doable for you. A thorough intake for your case (medical history, concerns, physical exams, lab testing if required) will be obtained. If you have any previous medical tests or blood results, please feel free to bring those along. In-office treatments can be done if time permits. Recommendations and/or advice will be given as well to get you started on your health journey.
Follow ups: During the follow-up, we will check-in, discuss, review, and/or modify the proposed treatment plan as needed. Treatments that are done in-office will continue. For future visits, we will monitor your progress, set new goals, and address any new concerns and/or goals that come up. We also recommend at least an annual check-up for a full physical exam to make sure things are going well!
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