Naturopathic Medicine

About Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine combines modern scientific advances with traditional healing arts to provide you with high quality solutions to your health needs.

Naturopathic Doctors are highly educated health care providers. They take the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of each patient into account to develop individualized treatment plans. Naturopathic doctors practice the following fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine:

Naturopathic Principles

First Do No Harm

Emphasis of treatment is on gentle, non-invasive therapies. Recommended natural treatments minimize the risk of side effects and avoid harmful suppression of symptoms. Note that the word “natural” does not imply safety. Even natural products can be harmful if used incorrectly. It is essential to consult with your healthcare provider in the use of natural substances.

Co-operate with the healing powers of nature

Your body has the innate ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine, by definition, means cooperating with this ability and involves the use of natural therapies as support.

Identify and Treat the Cause

Naturopathic Doctors focus on the underlying condition(s) which may be causing your symptoms. They treat the root causes of disease and work proactively to address preventable risk factors.

Treat the Whole Person

Naturopathic doctors rarely treat a single body part or symptom. Instead, they consider all factors: physical, emotional, social environmental and genetic. Looking at your entire health history they piece together your unique story and create a treatment plan which addresses all aspects of your health.

Doctor as Teacher

One of the roles of naturopathic doctors is to educate patients to enable them to better understand their health and their treatment options. With this understanding, patients can make informed decisions about their health care.

Prevention

Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and various cancers are among the top health concerns plaguing Canadians today. In the majority of cases, these diseases are preventable. Your naturopathic doctor can help you identify susceptibilities, and guide you in the path to optimal wellness.

Naturopathic Therapies

Nutrition

10554394_sYou are what you eat!

It’s easy to forget about the importance of good quality, healthy foods. In reality, many health concerns can be improved or eliminated with simple changes in diet.

As naturopathic doctors, we take a detailed look at your diet and suggest changes to address your specific health concerns. We can also provide recipes and meal suggestions to make it easier to incorporate these changes into your daily life.

If needed, we also recommend and provide high quality vitamin and mineral supplements to complement your diet and support your body on its path to good health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

10515116_sChinese medicine has a rich history of more than 2,000 years. Its foundation is based on two main principles: The first is that all life depends on the interdependence of in and Yang. The second is the conceptof Qi (pronounced Chee) as the life force that flows through the body. Illness results from the imbalance of Yin and Yang, or the obstruction of Qi. Your Naturopathic Doctor will use acupuncture, herbs and dietary suggestions to restore the smooth flow of Qi, and the harmony between Yin and Yang.

Herbal Medicine

14666827_sHerbal Medicine blends a rich history of traditional medicine with modern scientific research, creating a popular, effective means of natural treatment.

After considering your signs and symptoms, your naturopathic doctor will create a combination of plants best suited to your individual need. This individuality is one of the strengths of of naturopathic medicine.

Homeopathy

14076044_sHomeopathy was developed in Germany over 200 years ago. It is a safe and effective system of medicine that stimulates the body to heal itself.

Remedies are made from plant, animal or mineral substances so dilute that there is no chance of toxicity. It may be used to treat children, elderly, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and may be used alongside other medications without risk of interactions.

Your uniqueness is key in finding the right remedy. Your Naturopathic Doctor will take an in depth history to determine which remedy is best for you.

Bowen Therapy

8786503_sBowen Therapy is a unique form of bodywork effective for pain management.The practitioner discerns stressed areas in the body and uses specific moves to release that stress. The body as a whole enters into a relaxed state, and the natural healing process can occur.

Bowen Therapy is safe and effective for patients of all ages.

Lifestyle Counselling

osteopathy-thumbThe day-to-day pressures of life can interfere with your ability to optimize health or recover from illness. Demands of work and family life can disrupt sleep, exercise and healthy eating patterns and leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

When you experience stress, the body releases hormones into the blood that affect hormonal balance, digestion, the heart, and the nervous system. As this pattern continues, health concerns may develop.

Your naturopathic doctor can help you identify causes of stress and will suggest effective ways to reduce its negative impact. Through naturopathic lifestyle counselling it will become easier to implement positive and lasting lifestyle changes.

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