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Naturopathic Medicine

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About Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is a system of primary healthcare focused on disease prevention and health promotion. Utilizing natural therapies along with conventional and new innovating diagnostic tools, Naturopathic Medicine provides a broad spectrum framework for assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Our philosophy embodies the principles of treating the whole person, identifying the root cause of disease and taking the time to truly listen and support patients physically, emotionally and spiritually. A unique and personalized treatment plan is then developed for each patient.

  • First, do no harm.
  • Respect the healing power of nature to promote self-healing.
  • Treat the cause by identifying and removing the factors causing poor health.
  • Treat the whole person, through individualized care that considers the body, mind and spirit.
  • Act as a teacher, to educate patients about health and motivate them to make better lifestyle choices. The word doctor is from the Latin docere, meaning “to teach”.
  • Emphasize prevention of disease, so that we can all be healthier, individually and globally, now and for future generations.

Training

Naturopathic Doctors have a minimum of 3 years of university studies before entering the 4-year post-graduate Naturopathic Medical program. During their clinical internship, fourth year students practice under the supervision of licensed NDs. Upon graduation, rigorous National Board exams must be completed before NDs can be licensed to practice under the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.

Treatment Modalities

Botanical Medicine- Botanical medicine uses plant substances from around the world for their unique healing properties.  Treatment can take the form of teas, tinctures (alcohol or glycerine-based), ointments, essential oils, and supplements.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been in practice for thousands of years and incorporates acupuncture, acupressure, herbs and diet. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on the optimal balance and flow of the body’s vital energy (Qi). When your Qi is out of balance, the body is more likely to develop chronic illness and pain.   Acupuncture is very beneficial in the treatment of infertility, menstrual irregularities, sports injuries, arthritis, and other chronic pain concerns.

Food has a tremendous impact on our health. We know that some foods promote wellness, while others contribute to illness. At Naturopathic Living, we take the time to review and analyze detailed food diaries and thereby determine what your most important nutritional needs are. When indicated, we screen for food allergies through simple in-house blood tests. With the aid of supplements and realistic and personalized dietary changes, we can use nutrition to effectively treat chronic inflammation, weight gain, digestive complaints, diabetes and many other health concerns.

A distinct energy-based therapy that uses nontoxic natural substances to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself.  Through the use of minute amounts of plant, animal and mineral substances, homeopathic medicine restores the body to a healthy balance.  Homeopathy can be used for a wide variety of conditions and is a very safe treatment option, particularly for pregnant women, young children and those who may be on pharmaceutical medications.

Our mental and emotional wellbeing is of utmost importance in our overall health. Through various counseling techniques, we are trained to help you cope with stress, overcome obstacles, and achieve a healthy and positive outlook on life.

Including: naturopathic manipulation, trigger point therapy, exercise prescription

What Naturopathic Medicine Can Treat

Any condition can benefit from naturopathic treatment. We take the time to look at the whole person and get to the root of your imbalance.
Many people seek out naturopathic medicine even when they are healthy to maintain optimal wellbeing.
Below are some examples of ailments that benefit from naturopathic treatment.

Cancer

Fatigue

Gastrointestinal Complaints

PMS

Menopause

Fertility

Pregnancy Care

Dizziness

Headaches

Environmental Medicine

Diabetes

Cardiovascular Complaints

Gynaecological Complaints

Dermatological Issues

Seasonal Allergies

Food and Environmental Sensitivities

Weight Loss

Hormonal Complaints

Low Libido

Naturopathic Consultations

Initial Appointment

At Naturopathic Living, you are the focus and your wellbeing is our primary concern. We respect your time and will ensure a minimal, if any, wait period.  As Naturopathic Doctors, we take the time to truly listen to each of your health concerns. Your first appointment will be approximately 60-90 minutes. During this time we will go through a detailed health history and all of your current health concerns and perform a relevant physical exam.

Reception will send an email with the intake forms – to ensure best use of your time in clinic, please complete and bring the Contact Information form as well as the Patient Intake form to your first appointment.

As a part of their practice, your naturopath may do add in-house laboratory testing during their initial consultations.  You will be required to fast for 4 hours prior to your appointment in order to do Darkfield Microscopy.  A first morning urine sample is also required for the in house testing, and this can be collected in any clean container and stored in a fridge until your visit.  A treatment plan will be presented during this appointment.

Follow-Up Appointment

At your second visit, any additional testing and assessments not completed during the initial will be performed.  Diet diaries are reviewed, and symptoms changes assessed.  After this, periodic follow-ups will be scheduled to assess progress, make changes to the program and deal with any new concerns that may arise.

 

Most extended health insurances now cover Naturopathic medicine.  Contact your provider to find out more.

 

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