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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

Naturopathic medicine is a holistic approach to health. It takes into consideration physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual and lifestyle factors affecting health. It emphasizes disease as a process rather than disease as an entity. Treatments are chosen based on the individual patient, not based on the generality of symptoms. This approach has proven successful in treating both chronic and acute conditions.
 
 
Many insurance carriers cover naturopathic medicine in their extended health care package
 

 

 
·         Find the Root: Symptoms are not the disease, but the voice of an underlying issue. By finding the root cause Naturopathic Doctors treat both the cause and the surface issue at the same time. The underlying cause can be diet, emotional patterns, daily habits, past experiences, posture, or even one’s environment.    
    
·         Do No Harm: Just like a medical doctor, we attempt to heal a patient with the least invasive approach as possible. Some ways Naturopathic Doctors do this is by avoiding suppressing symptoms, following the individual’s healing process (regardless of how fast or slow it is), and using safe and effective natural therapies with less side effects. 
   
·         Seeing the Whole Person: Examining a person on their spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and physical level gives Naturopathic Doctors a greater view of the individual and their current state. In order to treat a person effectively one must look on all these levels, because they are all intertwined and make us into who we are. 
 
·         Doctor as Teacher: A Naturopathic Doctor will sit down with you and explain the disease process, the factors affecting that process, and all you need to know to move back into a healthy state. Our job is to educate and motivate you to take charge of your health, because in the end it is you who accomplishes the healing. Schoolhouse Rock was right, “Knowledge is Power!”   
 
                                              
 

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. 

 

 

Naturopathic Modalities

 

Clinical Nutrition

 

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.

 

Botanical Medicine

 

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.

 

Homeopathic 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

 

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.    

 
How Naturopathic Doctors View Disease and Healing:  Naturopathic Doctors undergo 8 years of training to become primary care professional who can listen to their patients, can diagnose and assess, and can develop tailored natural treatment plans. These are the tenets we follow on the road to healing: 
·         Your Body Knows How to Heal: The body has within it all the potential and intelligence it needs to heal. With this in mind, Naturopathic Doctors simply remove obstacles to health and recovery, support the development of a healthy internal and external environment, and voila the body does the heavy lifting of actual healing!
·         Preventing and Promoting: In addition to being trained to accurately diagnose and treat medical conditions, we are also trained to be proactive about disease. By looking at various risks, genetic susceptibilities, and lifestyle choices we are capable of intervening before another health tragedy occurs. We focus on health promotion and disease prevention and train our patients how to do the same.

 

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