Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends standard medical diagnostics with traditional and natural therapies. Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) seek to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself and treat the underlying causes of disease.
ND’s are trained and regulated as primary care providers and are able to provide diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases. They also provide care that complements treatments received from other health care professions, and are highly trained to refer and consult as necessary. The main tenet of Naturopathic Medicine is the “vis Medicatrix Naturae” – a latin phrase which translates to the “healing power of nature.” Many of the treatments used in Naturopathic Medicine are intended to support and stimulate the body to heal itself.
Naturopathic Medicine analyses the root cause of the ailment and utilizes safe, gentle and natural therapies to return the body to its natural state of balance and total health. Our Naturopathic Doctors utilize and integrate a number of therapies to create a unique treatment plan suited to your individual needs.
Click here for a list of the most common ailments treated using Naturopathic Medicine.
“Your food is your medicine” is an ancient proverb that resonates even more today with our hectic, fast food society. A cornerstone to Naturopathic Medicine is the therapeutic effects that your diet has on your health and wellbeing. Food intolerances, deficiencies, dietary imbalances or nutritional excesses have all been associated with many medical conditions. Clinical nutrition will provide you with appropriate dietary modifications, nutritional supplements and individualized information to enhance your total health, enable disease prevention and ensure optimized wellbeing.
Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture
is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”) or essential life force that flows though the body, circulating through invisible pathways called meridians that influence associated organs and systems. Energy from these pathways surfaces at various points on the body, called acu-points. When Qi flows freely, the body is healthy. When Qi flow is impaired, disease ensues.
Acupuncture is used to strengthen the flow of Qi or remove blockages in the meridians through the use of tiny, sterile needles which are inserted just under the skin at specific acu-points. It is proven to be an effective, safe, non-invasive and complementary treatment method that can treat a variety of conditions and ailments, and is particularly successful at treating acute and chronic pain. Click here for more detailed information on TCM & Acupuncture.
Herbal Medicine, sometimes referred to as Herbalism, Botanical Medicine or Herbology, is the use of plants in a wide variety of forms for their therapeutic value. Botanicals produce and contain a variety of chemical compounds that act upon the body to prevent and treat disease or promote health and well-being. These plants and plant substances are highly effective and safe in the proper dosages and when used correctly. Naturopathic Doctors 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 few side effects. Some conditions that do not respond well to conventional medicine may respond effectively to homeopathy.
The mind-body connection is an integral part of well being. Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements that affect our overall health. Addressing all aspects of a person’s life, identifying the impact that stress and life events have on a patient’s health is an important aspect of lifestyle counseling. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to counsel on mental, emotional, physical, nutritional and environmental factors that affect health.
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.
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