Most frequent questions and answers

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct form of primary health care that utilizes scientific knowledge and traditional forms of natural therapies to help the body heal and reach optimal health.  It is an holistic approach to health that takes into account all aspects of patient’s life – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.  

There are 6 principles that guide the naturopathic physician as they work with the patient:

  • First, do no harm – The goal is to treat the patient while minimizing the risk of side effects
  • Treat the cause of the disease – The naturopathic doctor seeks the root cause of the problem to dispel the patient’s ailments rather than merely masking the symptoms.  
  • Treat the whole person – Understanding the uniqueness of a patient’s situation allows for a well guided treatment approach that addresses all possible causes of any illness.
  • Support the healing power of nature – The human body has an inherent ability to heal itself.  Naturopathic doctors seek to remove any obstacles that may hinder the body’s own healing process.
  • Doctor as teacher – Each individual must take responsibility for their own health.  The doctor acts as a guide and shares knowledge with the patient to aid in improving health.
  • Prevention – By assessing risk factors the naturopathic doctor helps the patient avert illness and reach optimal health.

Naturopathic medicine offers treatment options for most illnesses.  Remember, the naturopathic doctor treats the individual and not the disease.  There is a lot that can be done to promote the body’s natural ability to heal no matter what condition presents.  A naturopathic doctor works with the patient and their entire health team to coordinate the best possible treatment.  

Following a minimum of 4 years of university and having met the prerequisites of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, and psychology, one must complete a full-time 4 year post-graduate program at an accredited institution.  This training requires 4500 hours of classroom training and 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.

Naturopathic doctors have similar training to medical doctors with specialization in natural therapies.  They have been trained in basic sciences, clinical disciplines and naturopathic modalities including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulation, and lifestyle counselling.

Naturopathic licensing exams, NPLEX, are completed after the 2nd and 4th year of study.  
Manitoba naturopathic doctors are also required to pass a provincial regulatory board exams and must complete continuing education credits to maintain their status.

Most naturopathic doctors take further training in various modalities.

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Botanical medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physical medicine
  • Lifestyle counselling
  • Naturopathic manipulation
  • Homeopathy

Dr. Nicole Krapp also utilizes IV therapy.

The Manitoba Health Services commission does not currently cover services or treatment offered by naturopathic doctors.  Many private health insurance plans cover a portion of your naturopathic visits.  Please check with your insurance broker to verify the extent of your coverage.

Naturopathic doctors can order typical conventional lab tests as well as specialized tests.  In some cases lab tests may be required before a diagnosis can be made.    Since naturopathic medicine is not covered by Manitoba Health Services, it is recommended that patients get testing done through their medical doctor whenever possible and to have this information forwarded to their naturopathic doctor.

Naturopathic doctors take pharmacology as part of their training and understand the use, side effects, and interactions of many medications.  Your naturopathic doctor works with you and needs to understand everything you are doing for your health.  Be sure to inform your naturopathic doctor about any medications you are using so that they can help you with any side effects you may have now or in the future and to prevent interactions between medications and supplements.

Naturopathic doctors encourage an integrative approach to health.  With your permission, they correspond with your other health care providers to provide the best possible treatment.  Communication is the key to understanding your condition.  Your doctor may also refer you to other practitioners for different pertinent therapies.

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Live Blood Analysis

We can look at your blood to get an idea of what’s going on in the rest of the body.  Live blood analysis is used to assist in identifying possible contributing factors to a patient’s state of health.  More


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Ozone Therapy

Ozone Therapy is used to improve circulation, regulate the immune system, among many other benefits.  Ozone (O3) is a molecule made from three oxygen atoms bonded together.  It’s made by passing an electrical current through a column of medical grade oxygen (O2). More

Bioflex Laser - low intensity laser therapy

Bio-FLex Laser therapy is a non-invasive light-based technology that speeds up the healing process and helps resolve pain associated with many conditions. More

Mistletoe Therapy

Mistletoe is one of the most commonly used substances as part of a complementary cancer therapy program.  It is usually used as a sterile liquid extract prepared for injection or infusion.  It contains many different constituents including lectins, viscotoxins, and polysaccharides. More


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Regenerative Injection Therapies

Regenerative injection therapies (RIT) include a number of different injection techniques to repair musculoskeletal injuries, degeneration, or scars.  Sprains and strains, arthritis, back injuries, headaches, TMJ, post-surgery pain/scarring, sports injuries, carpal tunnel are all examples of ailments commonly treated with these techniques. More

Diet and Supplements

Nutrient absorption and utilization can vary depending on a number of factors such as digestion, toxin load, illness, chronic infections/disease, stress, and hormone function among many others.  Your individualized treatment plan may incorporate specific dietary guidelines and/or professional-grade supplements. More

Chelation Therapy

Chelation with EDTA is an intravenous therapy that improves circulation.  It does this by removing heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium. More 

Intravenous Therapies

IV therapy allows for 100% absorption of the substance providing much higher concentration of substances in the body than could possibly be obtained orally. More