NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE2019-01-12T13:00:40+00:00

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Discover the benefits of Naturopathic medicine and holistic healing. Naturopathic Medicine is used to treat all forms of health concerns from irritating symptoms, chronic illness both physical and psychological.

 

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What Is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a form of health care that focuses on whole-patient wellness through the use of natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors seek to find the underlying cause of a patient’s condition rather than ways to just alleviate symptoms. It places emphasis on individualized patient care with a focus on disease prevention and promotion of health optimization.

A Naturopathic Doctors can help you with:

  • treating chronic conditions
  • listening to what no one else has
  • using the healing power of nature
  • giving each patient the tools they need to succeed
  • offering support for all types of health concerns
  • improving your quality of life

What to expect

Your first appointment with a Naturopathic Doctor will be a thorough and detailed assessment, including health history and relevant physical exams. Taking all this information into account, a safe and effective treatment plan will be developed to address your individual needs. This will consider mental/emotional, spiritual and physical needs so that you are treated as whole person. At the base of Naturopathic treatment are diet and lifestyle changes to build a solid foundation for health. Your individualized plan may also include botanical prescriptions, acupuncture, physical adjustments, nutraceutical supplements, homeopathy, or lab testing where indicated.

What kind of modalities ND’s use?

Naturopathic doctors are highly-educated healthcare providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors have training in the following modalities:

  • Botanical Medicine
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Lifestyle Counselling
  • Physical Medicine
  • Laboratory Diagnostics & Physical Examination
  • Homeopathy

A Naturopathic Doctors can help you with:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Infertility
  • Weight management
  • Stress management
  • Skin health and disorders
  • Digestive concerns and diseases related to the digestive tract
  • Diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Autoimmunity

What to expect

Your first appointment with a Naturopathic Doctor will be a thorough and detailed assessment, including health history and relevant physical exams. Taking all this information into account, a safe and effective treatment plan will be developed to address your individual needs. This will consider mental/emotional, spiritual and physical needs so that you are treated as whole person. At the base of Naturopathic treatment are diet and lifestyle changes to build a solid foundation for health. Your individualized plan may also include botanical prescriptions, acupuncture, physical adjustments, nutraceutical supplements, homeopathy, or lab testing where indicated.

What kind of testing we offer? What are their benefits?

In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors have the benefit of being able to order blood work through laboratories such as Lifelabs and Dynacare. Additional testing is also offered on a patient-by- patient basis to provide a more comprehensive understanding of one’s health. Some of these tests include:

A blood test that can shed light on foods one may negatively be reacting to causing symptoms such as gas, bloating, fatigue, weight gain and eczema. Removal of these reactive foods can provide some patients with relief and improved wellness.

  • Saliva hormone testing is an accurate, non-invasive and clinically useful way of measuring hormones. It can shed light on whether there are excesses and deficiencies that may be contributing to a patient’s symptom picture.
  • Hormonal tests include:
    • Cortisol measurement (your stress hormone)
      • measurement of cortisol levels may be a useful means of assessing one’s ability to cope with stress.
    • Female panel
      • Hormone imbalances can affect women in many way such as: PMS, painful periods, infertility and PCOS to name a few. Women with symptoms not relieved by mainstream medical interventions may benefit from having a saliva hormone test. Knowing your hormone levels and how hormones work together may help with the right treatment plan for you
    • Male panel
      • Hormone imbalances affect men too. Men who experience depression, erectile dysfunction and weight gain may benefit from getting their hormones tested to get a better understanding how hormones may be at play.

Botanical Medicine

The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginning of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. The use of herbs in many forms: teas, tinctures or capsules are used for their healing effects. Herbs often come with minimal side effects.

By addressing diet and nutrient intake, mindset, and using botanical prescriptions and/or acupuncture, we can get your hormones back on track. You don’t have to suffer from daily exhaustion or debilitating periods every month. I am here to help.

Botanical Medicine

Physical Medicine

Focuses on treating muscle and joint strains, arthritis and other types of pain.  Treatments offered may include acupuncture, manipulation of the spine or hydrotherapy.

My job is to find the root cause of your symptoms and address your concerns from there. By working from the inside out to heal your body, we can correct the root cause of pain.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM is a historical healing system that is based on the premise that when the balance of the body’s energy systems are off, symptoms and pathology are present. Within this unique system, internal, external and lifestyle factors are all taken into account when understanding pathology. When a diagnosis is established, acupuncture can be used to bring these energy systems(meridians) back into balance and thus, overall health for the individual.

acupuncture meridians

Lifestyle Counselling

Identification and treatment of lifestyle factors that may be an obstacle to optimal health such as stress management, quality sleep, functional mobility and mental health challenges.

Some mental health conditions naturopathic medicine can help with are;

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • addiction
  • social anxiety
  • insomnia
  • disordered eating
  • chronic low mood
  • stress

You are not alone. We all have bad days and that’s okay. I am here to listen.

Laboratory diagnostics & Physical examination

  • Blood-work can be requisitioned by a ND in Ontario( however will not be covered by ohip) to assist in getting a better understanding of a patient’s health.
  • Lab work completed by a medical doctor can be interpreted and used to gather a comprehensive view of health.
  • In office physical exams pertaining to family medicine such as heart and lung exams, ear exams with an otoscope, eye exams with an ophthalmoscope or abdominal exams are examples of ones performed to get an overall picture of health.
lab testing

Clinical Nutrition

  • Diet is a fundamental pillar of health and I provide patients with the guidance to understand how and what they should be eating as well as how that will align with their health goals
  • High quality nutritional supplementation is also used when necessary

Reconnecting with your body and the foods that nourish you is a life-changing endeavor that will make you feel better than you could have ever imagined. Ready to change your life? I’m here to help.

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