Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.
“You must prepare the soil before you plant the seed.” It is important to understand that follicles (the structure in which eggs develop) take more than 90 days to fully mature. This means that at least 3 months are needed to improve egg quality and regulate hormones. This time can be viewed as a 3 month “pre-mester” in which we prepare the body for implantation and pregnancy. During this time, both partners will have a chance to detoxify, optimize health and correct any imbalances within the body.
A naturopathic doctor has the benefit of taking the time to explore and analyze your condition on a case by case basis. Each patient is unique and so are his or her treatments. Using the results of targeted laboratory testing along with clinical insight, a treatment plan can be developed that is tailored to you. Treatments range from using botanicals, nutraceutical supplements, acupuncture and occasionally, pharmaceuticals depending on what would provide the most benefit to each patient and condition.
As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Hartman is trained in general family medicine. She is able to treat a wide range of conditions in addition to fertility and women’s health.
At this time, naturopathic physicians are unable to bill MSP for either consultations or laboratory testing. However, many extended medical plans do cover naturopathic services. Please check with your insurance provider to check your coverage.