A visit with a naturopathic doctor may be unlike any medical appointment you’ve had. Your first visit, lasting 1.5 hours will involve a thorough health assessment, based on a detailed discussion of your current health concerns, medical history and lifestyle. Dr. Prakash may order lab tests that will be useful in determining any imbalances contributing to your condition, and perform a general screening physical exam that will further help to assess your health status.
Initial treatment recommendations may be made on the first visit, however the main treatment plan will be discussed on the 2nd visit. Dr. Prakash will carefully analyze the information gathered from your first visit, in order to formulate a comprehensive personalized treatment plan that will best address and treat your concerns. She will work with you to implement the plan on the 2nd visit (1 hour long) and teach you how to optimize your health. The 3rd visit will be 30 minutes, to follow-up with the treatment plan and address any concerns that you may have. Subsequent visits may be 30-45 minutes, and are used to help guide you along the way through your treatments, address new concerns or as health maintenance visits. The number and frequency of follow-up visits will depend on the complexity of your case, your individual health needs, the types of treatment used and the progress of your treatment. Acupuncture treatments requires a minimum of once per week sessions for 10 sessions in order to fully benefit from its effects.
Please remember that it takes time for your body to heal. If you’ve had a symptom or health condition for years, you can expect that it will take some time to notice significant changes. Certain symptoms may get better within days or weeks, while others may take a few months. This will also depend on your effort and compliance with the treatments that are recommended.
For your first visit, please take the time to complete the intake form prior to your visit – this information if very important and useful for your ND to have. If you have any relevant lab tests (blood tests, imaging such as ultrasounds, MRIs, etc) from your family medical doctor or specialist, bring a copy for the visit. Alternatively, we can fax a request for a release of your medical records to our clinic. If you are taking any medications and or natural health products (supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, Chinese formulas, etc), it is very important to write down the exact name, brand and dose, or bring in the bottles to your visit.
Dr. Prakash’s office remains an open, safe and grounded atmosphere. You are invited to be yourself and share your story, knowing that it is a strictly non-judgmental and confidential environment. Her primary goal is to help you improve your health and feel your best. Be ready to make some changes in your life that will shift you towards being more energetic and vital!