Naturopathy Explained

By: Dr. Kimberly Oxbro Jun 18, 2015
Naturopathy Explained, Kimberly Oxbro

A Fresh Approach to Your Health

Complementary medicine continues to increase in popularity as more and more patients find it offers safe and effective treatment for their health conditions, including difficult to treat chronic diseases. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are at the forefront of providing the highest level of this medical care.

The scope of practice of an ND includes full physical examinations, blood work, urine analysis, acupuncture, nutritional guidance, and offers patients botanical and neutraceutical therapeutic options as opposed to pharmaceuticals. Intravenous therapy for the treatment of cancer and other chronic diseases are also offered by NDs.

Evidence supporting natural therapies continues to grow as more and more medical studies are performed. These studies and research articles can be found in a variety of medical journal publications.

NDs are highly trained, licensed primary health care providers with 8 years of university education that is similarly structured to that of medical doctors. Education starts with a university undergraduate degree and is followed by 4 years of study at an accredited medical school which includes all conventional medical courses as well as naturopathic modalities such as Traditional Chinese medicine, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, and counseling. Training also involves a 1-year clinical internship where NDs work with patients under the supervision of other doctors.

With this education NDs can combine standard medical training with the broad range of natural therapies, to find the root cause of disease and help patients achieve their health goals. NDs treat a wide variety of conditions and diseases including: obesity – diabetes – cancer - heart disease – fibromyalgia - depression and anxiety - women’s health issues – Lyme disease – arthritis - pediatric aliments inclusive of autism – ADHD - food allergies - skin problems - colds and flu. Support, guidance, and nutritional counseling are offered to those interested in general health promotion and weight loss.

Appointments with NDs are covered by employer group benefit plans. Even if you have a family doctor, your ND can complement your health care with naturopathic treatment options.

NDs are licensed health care practitioners that offer safe and effective treatments for your health concerns. These treatments can be used in combination with conventional treatments or on their own.

Make an appointment with an ND today to explore your alternative treatment options to obtain optimal health.


Dr. Oxbro completed her undergraduate science degree in Biology and Psychology at Trent University and then completed a Masters of Science Degree in Pharmacology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Upon completion of her Masters degree, Dr. Oxbro entered the 4-year Naturopathic Medical Program, obtaining her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine upon graduation in 2008. She currently treats patients, at her naturopathic medicine clinic Nova Health Naturopathic Centre in Kingston, Ontario.