Naturopathic medicine offers a broad set of natural healing therapies uniquely selected or combined to treat the individual and address their presenting concern, taking into consideration their specific symptoms and overall health status. An individualized treatment plan may include a combination of the following:
Botanical medicine involves the use of plants and plant substances for their medicinal properties. The use of plants for prevention and treatment of disease goes back centuries and continues to be used safely and effectively in the proper dosage and when correctly used with other herbs and treatments. As such, their limitations and potential side effects or interactions with other treatments necessitate their use by appropriately trained health care providers. Botanical medicines can be prepared in various forms such as teas, capsules or tablets, and tinctures (alcohol based extracts).
Lifestyle counselling and Stress Management:
“Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life” –Anthony Robbins
Our daily thoughts, feelings, habits and choices affect our health and contribute to our well-being in a significant way. Lifestyle counselling is used to provide guidance for patients to evaluate and change patterns that may not be supportive to overall health and wellness.
Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Supplementation
The relationship between nutrition and wellness, or between inadequate nutrition and disease, is a cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. A naturopathic doctor is trained to understand the impact your diet is having on your health, while helping you to make better food choices to prevent disease, change the course of an illness and restore health. Nutritional supplementation includes the use of minerals, vitamins, and other nutritional substances for prevention and treatment of disease, correction of dietary inadequacies and promoting wellness.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture have been around for over 4,000 years for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, including the treatment of chronic illnesses and pain. This unique system is based on the flow and balance of energy in the body and uses Chinese herbal formulations and acupuncture to help restore function and balance to the body, mind and spirit.
Homeopathy is a safe, gentle and natural system of healing that seeks to stimulate the body’s healing processes. Homeopathy is based on the principle of ‘like cures like,’ and treatment involves giving very small doses of substances called remedies (made from natural sources like plants, animals or minerals) that would produce the same or similar symptoms of illness in healthy people while curing those symptoms using minute doses in individuals with those symptoms. Naturopathic doctors select remedies specific to an individual and their unique symptoms. Homeopathy is used to treat acute and chronic conditions and is safe for children, pregnant or lactating women, adults and the elderly.