Natural Guide to Healthy Living icon

Frequently Asked Questions
Bookmark this Site
Tell a Friend
Subscribe to Newsletter
Contact Dr. Comas

(click on one for more information)


  What is naturopathic medicine ?

What training does a naturopathic doctor (ND) have ?

  What conditions can be treated by a ND ?

What sorts of treatments do ND's use ?

What can I expect when I visit a ND ?

Can natural medicine be used in conjunction with conventional medicine?

How do I start ?


Do you have a question that is not addressed here?
For more information
an appointment to discuss the specifics of your case

Contact Dr. Comas
(416) 515-8493

What is naturopathic medicine ?
This is a holistic approach to improve health. The focus is to treat underlying disorders and restore normal body function
by enhancing the body's own healing abilities.
The primary goal of naturopathic treatments is to address the cause of illness rather than symptoms.
By assessing the whole person and all aspects of a person's life, naturopathic medicine focuses on disease prevention and
health enhancement.
The physical, mental and emotional aspects are studied and the unique needs of each patient are considered.

What training does a naturopathic doctor (ND) have?
Naturopathic doctors obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of medical doctors. Naturopathic doctors require 3 years pre-med undergraduate education, plus 4 years of full-time study at an approved college
of naturopathic medicine.

The four-year program incorporates basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapies, as well as problem-based approaches to health issues, and 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience. In Canada, the only
accredited college of naturopathic medicine is the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

What conditions can be treated by a ND?

Many health conditions can be treated efficiently with natural medicine, including those listed here. 
More details on many of these conditions and the corresponding modalities of treatment are included in the
Health Concerns section of this site.

General conditions  (chronic fatigue syndrome, weight control, smoking cessation, low immune system, allergies,
food/ environmental sensitivities)

Gastrointestinal (constipation, IBS, heartburn, diarrhea, ulcers, Crohn's)

Endocrine (diabetes, thyroid, impotence, infertility, women's conditions: PMS, menstrual disorders, menopause,
endometriosis, uterine fibroids, 

Cardiovascular (heart conditions, hypertension, high cholesterol)

Skin (eczema, psoriasis, acne, itchiness, dryness)

Urinary system (infections, prostatitis,
incontinence, nocturnal enuresis)

Musculoskeletal System (arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic back pain)

Respiratory System (asthma, bronchitis)

Nervous System (anxiety, depression, insomnia, addictions, hyperactivity, mental or emotional stress)

Acute conditions (headaches, colds and flu, ear and throat infections)

What treatments do ND's use ?

Naturopathic doctors are trained to use a variety of non-toxic, comprehensive therapies or modalities.
The modalities that naturopathic doctors use are:

Clinical Nutrition
Botanical (Herbal) Medicine
Homeopathic Medicine
Physical Treatments
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Lifestyle Assessment

What can I expect when I visit a ND?
When you consult a naturopathic doctor, you will find a person committed to the holistic approach to health.
The doctor will gather a medical history and perform a physical exam, inquire about your diet, discuss any stress
you are experiencing, give various non-invasive tests designed to evaluate body conditions and advise you
concerning your condition.
In my practice your first appointment will take approximately 120 minutes, in which a personalized treatment plan
is proposed.  Subsequent appointments will take 45 minutes.

Can natural medicine be used in conjunction with conventional medicine?

Yes - indeed I am trained in both conventional and natural medicine. 
Each approach has its benefits and drawbacks. 
By combining the best of both of these approaches I believe we can maximize the health benefits while at the same time
minimize any associated risks.

How to start?

In my practice I offer a free 20-min consultation to:
identify possible health problems,
examine treatment alternatives
and to decide the best way  to proceed.

Other practitioners may do the same


For more information or an appointment
Call: (416) 515-8493