Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2019-08-11T00:01:07+00:00

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We have put together some commonly asked questions about Brio Integrative Health, the services we offer and general questions about visiting a Naturopathic Clinic.  If you have another question that you can’t find an answer to please contact us.

Are treatments at Brio Integrative Health Centre effective?2019-08-10T23:22:59+00:00

Treatments are conducted in a strategic order: a commitment, an introduction, a treatment, and the goal of balance. This process eliminates the guesswork involved in health issues, and in turn eliminates self-prescribing with natural supplements/vitamins or over the counter medications. Our treatment plans are streamlined, and often save the patient from unnecessary spending. Your health is an investment with incredible rewards and returns.

Note: Please check with your extended health care provider, as a portion of your treatments may be covered.

What can I expect during my first Brio Centre visit?2019-08-10T23:24:34+00:00

People of all ages benefit from treatment at Brio Centre. We provide support for pregnancy, and also address new born and toddler issues such as fevers, common colds, food sensitivities, and proper dietary needs for children. We also address food introduction schedules, explain how to properly develop your child’s immune system in our modern world, and discuss concerns regarding vaccinations and vaccination schedules.

Are infants and children treated at Brio Centre?2019-08-10T23:26:13+00:00

People of all ages benefit from treatment at Brio Centre. We provide support for pregnancy, and also address new born and toddler issues such as fevers, common colds, food sensitivities, and proper dietary needs for children. We also address food introduction schedules, explain how to properly develop your child’s immune system in our modern world, and discuss concerns regarding vaccinations and vaccination schedules.

If I am taking prescription medications can I take natural remedies?2019-08-10T23:27:58+00:00

It is important to provide a detailed list of medications you are taking and dosages for your practitioner prior to your first visit. Your practitioner will then be able to provide remedies that are safe when taken in combination with prescription medications. Please note that throughout the durations of treatment at Brio, as the body initiates healing, it is common practice for Medical Doctors to begin to decrease dosages of medications. This is a beautiful example of the team approach we hope to achieve for your health care needs.

Are practitioners at Brio Centre able to perform laboratory testing?2019-08-10T23:30:03+00:00

Naturopathic Medicine can be just as suppressive as conventional medicine if the root cause of illness is not addressed. For example, taking St. Johns Wort for depression is likely no different than taking a prescription medication for depression.  At Brio Clinic, we still prescribe supplements with the aim of simply managing symptoms. But we do so while simultaneously pursuing our main goal: to determine and correct the true cause of the body’s symptoms and imbalances at a root level.Please refer to the Brio Living page for more information about our philosophy and practices.

What type of conditions and illnesses do Naturopathic Physicians at Brio Centre treat?2019-08-10T23:31:15+00:00

Virtually every person will benefit from Naturopathic treatment. All kinds of conditions and illnesses are treated by Naturopathic Doctors, including acute; chronic conditions; autoimmune; pre-surgery preparation; post-surgery recovery; cancer; post-chemo/radiation detoxification; palliative care.  Medical emergencies are referred to the local hospital.

Are Naturopathic Doctors licensed as doctors?2019-10-16T04:55:55+00:00

Yes. Naturopathic Physicians at Brio Clinic have been registered in BC under health legislation since 1921, and became a self-regulating health profession in 1936.

Is Naturopathic Medicine covered under Medical Service Plan (MSP)?2019-08-10T23:34:09+00:00

No. Brio Integrative Health Centre is billed privately; however, please check your extended health care provider for Naturopathic Medicine and/or Acupuncture coverage.

Do Naturopathic Doctors work with Conventional Care Practitioners such as medical doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, chiropractors, etc.?2019-08-10T23:35:50+00:00

Yes, treatment plans involving a team of health care practitioners are often the most successful. Our goal is to ensure that each of our patients experience the highest possible quality of health care.

What type of training do Naturopathic Doctors receive?2019-08-10T23:36:56+00:00

Naturopathic Doctors (ND) in BC receive a minimum of three years pre-medical training at university, and then complete four years of graduate training at an accredited naturopathic medical school.

What are the six principles of Naturopathic Philosophy?2019-08-10T23:38:28+00:00
  1. The healing power of nature
  2. Treat the whole person
  3. First do no harm
  4. Identify and treat the cause
  5. Prevention is the best cure
  6. Doctor as teacher