Dr. Faryal Luhar, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She pursued this field of study after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Dr. Luhar is also registered to practice Naturopathic Medicine in South Africa and is a member of the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa, as well as the South African Naturopathic Association.
Naturopathic medicine is a unique and comprehensive method to improving health and treating illness. It combines the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies and gentle techniques. Dr. Luhar employs various modalities to treat her patients ranging from clinical nutrition and supplementation, botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, homeopathic combination remedies, mesotherapy, soft tissue body work, reflexology, hydrotherapy, and lifestyle counselling. Dr. Luhar has held a certification in Canada previously to provide intravenous infusion therapy where relatively high doses of vitamins, minerals, homeopathics and botanicals are administered intravenously in the treatment of various pain disorders, cancer, cardiovascular conditions and for general anti-aging protocols.
With a deep passion for travelling, Dr. Luhar has been fortunate to combine work with pleasure. She practiced in Montreal for more than a year, followed by many months co-coordinating and establishing a holistic health centre in the Dominican Republic where she provided treatment to local residents as well as tourists. This aspect continues to remain a significant interest for future endeavours, with an emphasis on services for humanitarian efforts within the developing world. Most recently Dr. Luhar spearheaded the first naturopathic clinic in Monterrico, Guatemala where villagers were treated for various conditions using natural medicines. While there are plans to provide naturopathic primary care in other parts of South America and the Caribbean, Dr. Luhar will also engage in opportunities to practice in other parts of the world, including Kenya where she was born.
Currently Dr. Luhar operates a full-time practice in Richards Bay, South Africa as well as a secondary part-time practice in Durban. She travels periodically to Canada to continue ongoing education. She also divides her practice time with consultations and advancing naturopathic medical approaches in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Luhar provides her patients with the time and attention required to effectively address their health concerns using various naturopathic modalities, always beginning with a nutritional evaluation to address toxicities and deficiencies. Other natural medicines and therapies are then incorporated that are best suited to each individual patient and a customized treatment protocol is then designed. Dr. Luhar collaborates with other medical and health professionals to engage on best strategies for resolving the patient’s health concerns.
Originally born and raised in Kenya and being of East Indian descent, Faryal speaks languages other than English. These include Hindi/Urdu and basic Kiswahili. She also communicates fluently in French and Spanish.
Dr. Luhar continues to be a life-long learner with a special interest in women’s health, pain management, diabetes and cancer care. She attends seminars and workshops regularly in order to provide her patients with the most up-to-date and optimal health care. She also delivers lectures and seminars regularly on naturopathic approaches to various health concerns. In South Africa, Dr. Luhar publishes a health column monthly in the Zululand Observer newspaper, and has appeared often as an Expert Guest on radio. She has also published several health articles in leading Canadian health and wellness magazines.
Dr. Luhar strives to empower her patients and her community at large to enhance their quality of life and resolve health problems with safe, effective natural therapies.