Naturopathic doctors may recommend a combination of the following treatments as part of your treatment and wellness plan:
The foundations of Naturopathic Medicine are rooted in nutrition and the therapeutic use of micronutrients and macronutrients. Nutritional status is associated with a variety of health conditions. Naturopathic Doctors help patients understand the relationship between food and their health status to assist them in making healthy eating choices that support their long term goals for health and wellness.
PREVENTION AND LIFESTYLE COUNSELLING
Naturopathic Doctors evaluate all the factors which influence health and support their clients in making healthy informed choices in the present to prevent future illness. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to make recommendations regarding the management of stress and life events, social support and relationships as well as occupational and environmental factors contributing to wellness.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained to use medicinal whole plants as well as their isolated constituents in the treatment of a variety of health conditions. Naturopathic Doctors prescribe botanical medicines based on research to ensure a safe and therapeutic dose is delivered for highest level of effectiveness. Botanicals are administered in various forms such as tinctures, capsules and teas. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to carefully evaluate a person’s health condition taking into consideration potential interactions between botanical and over–the-counter and prescription pharmaceutical medications.
Using Homeopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Doctors prescribe remedies that are made from minute amounts of diluted plant, animal and mineral substances. Homeopathic Medicine views the client’s symptoms as an expression of an imbalance in the body’s energy or “vital force.” A correct prescription stimulates the body’s vital force to heal and rebalance itself with minimal adverse effects.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE / ACUPUNCTURE
Traditional Chinese Medicine views a person’s health as a dynamic balance of the flow of energy or “Qi” and its effects on various organ systems. Its abstract view of health determines patterns of imbalance within various organ systems and substances which make up a person. The flow of Qi throughout the body can be regulated through acupuncture, where very thin needles are inserted into skin and muscle at specific points along the meridian. A Naturopathic Doctor will use Chinese patent herbs and acupuncture to assist the body in regulating the Qi and achieving balance.
Physical Medicine encompasses naturopathic manipulation of the spine, soft tissue work, the use of water and its therapeutic properties (hydrotherapy), therapeutic exercise prescription, ultrasound, diathermy, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Physical Medicine can be beneficial for the management of pain.