Have you thought about treating it naturally? Naturopathic medicine appointments available

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine uses natural, holistic approaches to treat any condition to help you achieve and maintain optimal health. Treatments may include acupuncture, herbs, vitamins, nutritional and lifestyle counselling.

The Naturopathic Services at the Student Wellness Centre are available to ALL students, staff, faculty and administrators of McMaster University.

Some common conditions treated include:

• Acne, blemishes


• Addiction

• Allergies

• Anxiety

• Anemia

• Asthma

• Concentration difficulty

• Colds and flu

• Constipation, diarrhea

• Depression

• Digestive problems, gas, bloating

• Eating disorders

• Eczema, psoriasis

• Erectile dysfunction

• Fatigue

• Food sensitivities

• Headaches, migraines


• Irregular periods, heavy bleeding

• Pain

• Panic disorder

• Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

• Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

• Sleep difficulties

• Sports injuries

• Stress management


• Weight management

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary care that addresses the root cause of illness or disease and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. It supports the body’s own healing ability using an integrated approach to disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention that includes:

  • Lifestyle counselling
  • Acupuncture/Asian medicine
  • Botanical (herbal) medicine
  • Physical medicine (massage, hydrotherapy etc.)
  • Nutrition
  • Homeopathic medicine

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are guided by six fundamental healing principles:

  1. First, do no harm: By using methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
  2. Treat the causes of disease: By identifying and removing the underlying causes of illness, rather than suppressing symptoms.
  3. Teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine: By sharing knowledge with patients, and encouraging individual responsibility for health.
  4. Heal the person as a whole using individualized treatment: By understanding the unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic environmental and social factors that contribute to illness, and customizing treatment protocols to the patient.
  5. Emphasize Prevention: By partnering with the patient to assess risk factors and recommend appropriate naturopathic interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.
  6. Support the healing power of the body: By recognizing and removing obstacles to the body’s inherent self-healing process.

Coverage is available through the MSU Health Plan (80%, up to $300) and many other Extended Health Plans! See your plan for more details.

First appointments for all patients will be 30 mins at $60.  Subsequent visits can be 10 mins, 20 mins, 30 mins, 40 mins, 50 mins or 60 mins, as required for the medical concern.  The fees will be the following:

10 mins = $20

20 mins = $40

30 mins = $60

40 mins = $80

50 mins = $100

60 mins = $120