Naturopathic medicine uses natural methods and substances to support and stimulate the body's self-healing process. It provides a complete, individualized and coordinated approach to health care, integrating modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine / acupuncture, and prevention and lifestyle counseling
How Naturopathic Doctors Treat: Naturopathic Doctors employ a wide range of different treatment options when working with patients. Since I view every person as unique and every case differently, I don’t use the same therapies on everyone.
Nutrition and the therapeutic use of foods is a cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. Food intolerances, deficiencies, dietary imbalances or nutritional excesses have been associated with many medical conditions. With appropriate dietary modification and nutritional supplements health concerns can be treated with fewer complications and side effects.
Medicinal plants have been, and will continue to be a valuable part of health care. These plants and plant substances are highly effective and safe in the right dosage and when used correctly with other herbs and treatments. Herbs can be prepared in many forms - teas, tinctures or capsules. Naturopathic doctors are extensively trained in both the art and science of botanical medicine and are currently the only health care providers in Canada to be licensed for the use of botanical medicine.
This powerful system of medicine is more than 200 years old and is widely accepted in many countries. Homeopathic remedies are made from specific dilutions of plant, animal and mineral substances. When carefully matched to the patient they are able to affect the body's "vital force" and to stimulate the body's innate healing forces on both the physical and emotional levels, with far fewer side effects than pharmaceutical products.
Traditional Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture
The key principle that connects all of Chinese medicine is that of Qi, or vital energy. The Qi of all organs must be in balance, neither too active nor too dormant, for a person to be healthy. The Qi of the body's organs and systems are all connected in meridians or channels that lie just under the skin. Eastern herbs and acupuncture are used to assist the body in regulating the Qi and achieving balance. Acupuncture is the use of very thin needles which are inserted into specific meridian points. The practice of acupuncture has been around for over two thousand years and has proven to be very effective especially for pain relief and chronic illness.
Physical medicine offers treatment for many different health concerns. Treatments can include soft tissue work (including therapeutic massage), naturopathic manipulation of muscle, bone or the spine, hydrotherapy techniques, gentle electrical impulses, ultrasound, diathermy, and exercise therapy.
Prevention and Lifestyle Counseling
Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements in healing and disease. Addressing all aspects of a person's life, identifying and addressing the impact that stress and life events have on a patient's health is an important aspect of naturopathic treatment. Naturopathic doctors are trained to counsel on diet, lifestyle, specific stressors, exercise and occupational or environmental hazards as an integral part of the naturopathic treatment program.
What exactly is a Naturopath or a Naturopathic Doctor? Naturopathic Doctors undergo 8 years of training to become primary care physicians who treat using natural methods. We listen to our patients, diagnose, and assess their issues in order to develop tailored natural treatment plans. We treat using herbs, diet changes, homeopathy, counseling and acupuncture. We work with all ages of life, ranging from babies to seniors.