Naturopathic Medicine is an individualized approach to healthcare that focuses on:
- The art and science of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease using natural therapies.
- Encouraging the body’s innate ability to heal and restore balance.
- Individualized patient care and public education
- Working supportively with other alternative and conventional treatments.
A Naturopathic Doctor:
- Completes a thorough exploration of your health history.
- Creates treatment plans that are simple, specific and tailored to your everyday life.
- Provides information and education that enables you to look after your health.
- Offers a combination of Lifestyle Counselling, Nutrition, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine.
‘Lifestyle counseling’ involves exploring the patterns of your daily life. This includes the hours you sleep, patterns of eating and drinking, work schedule, activity schedule, social interactions and anything else that is typical of your lifestyle. We also explore the environments that you sleep, eat, and work in to determine if you are exposed to any environmental toxins.
We look to see if lifestyle routines or environmental exposure influence your health. Suggestions for lifestyle changes may range from minor to more significant. Whatever the case, we work with where you are at and make changes at a pace that suits your comfort level.
Food is our nourishment. It provides fuel and structure for the body and mind. We take an analytical and detailed approach to ‘Dietary Medicine’. You will be asked to complete a diet diary that will be analyzed with the following questions:
- Are you getting enough nutrients to meet your lifestyle needs?
- What role do your dietary patterns play in your health concerns?
- Are you sensitive to or allergic to any of the foods in your diet?*
- Are you digesting and absorbing your foods?
- What foods can we use to treat your health concerns?
Acupuncture is based on the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which originated over 2,500 years ago. It is traditionally used along with dietary and lifestyle modifications to achieve best results. Acupuncture itself involves using fine needles to stimulate points throughout the body that balance the flow of ‘Qi’. In modern terms we understand that using acupuncture needles affect the nervous system through the release of endorphins in the body. Research has shown it to be very effective in the treatment of pain conditions. However, in clinical practice it is used successfully to treat many health concerns.
Herbal medicine is a subtle and powerful therapy. Herbal medicines or plants each have many functions and influence multiple systems in the body. For example, Nettle or Urtica Dioica, is high in nutrients, is anti-inflammatory, helps with skin conditions and may be used as a tonic for the urinary system. We use specific or combined herbal formulas in three basic ways:
Medicinal Teas are created from our herbal apothecary and will include multiple ingredients. Our herbs are either organic or wild-crafted. Each herb will be selected carefully to match your needs. Teas may be slower acting but are nutritive and deeply supportive.
Medicinal Tinctures are alcohol or glycerol extractions of herbal substances. Extractions allow the medicinal properties or chemical constituents of the plant to be made soluble or more available. Tinctures can be strong and quick acting.
Capsule Supplementation: Sometimes higher potencies of single herbs are required. The medicinal constituents of the plant are refined and available in capsule.
Mindfulness is defined as ‘the calm awareness of one’s body functions, feelings, content of consciousness, or consciousness itself’. It can be hard in everyday life to slow down and pay attention to our internal world. Either because our minds are so distracted by everyday life or our internal world feels like an uncomfortable place to be. Through practicing mindfulness techniques, guided visualizations, body-tension scans or even sound therapy we attempt to bring the mind back into connection with the body. A healthy mind-body connection allows us to acknowledge, process and release stored up tension that influences our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.