About Naturopathic Medicine

"It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has."

-- Hippocrates

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system, which addresses the root cause of disease or illness. This form of medicine takes a natural approach to assessing, diagnosing and treating, with a special focus on prevention, restoration and maintaining optimal health. By developing and providing individualized treatment plans, Naturopathic Doctors promote health and wellness, by using natural therapies. A number of different therapies can be used throughout the course of your treatment.



Conditions

Special Interest and Conditions Commonly Addressed


  • Allergies/Sensitivities
  • Women's Health
  • Children's Health
  • Men's Health
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Body Composition
  • Cardiovascular Concerns
  • Digestive Concerns
  • Skin Conditions
  • Pain/Inflammation
  • Endocrine Disturbances
  • Musculoskeletal Concerns
  • Depression/Anxiety

Naturopathic Treatments

Individual diets and nutritional supplements are recommended to address deficiencies and promote health. Benefits may include increased energy, increased gastrointestinal function, improved immunity & general well-being.


Botanical medicine is a plant based medicine that involves the use of herbal teas, tinctures, capsules, and other forms of herbal preparations to assist in recovery from injury and disease.


Homeopathy is a form of medicine based on the Law of Similars – that is, the use of tiny doses of the very thing that causes symptoms in healthy people. Homeopathic remedies act to stimulate the body's natural healing process.


Acupuncture promotes the flow of energy through meridian pathways to enhance the health of both the body and the mind.


Physical medicine refers to the use of hands-on techniques such as soft tissue and spinal manipulation, as well as various types of electrical stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound for the purpose of treating musculoskeletal & neurological problems.


Hydrotherapy refers to the use of hot & cold water applications to improve circulation and stimulate the immune system.


Lifestyle counselling involves identifying risk factors and making recommendations to help optimize one's physical, mental, & emotional environment.

 

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

First, Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere). Naturopathic Doctors utilize therapies that minimize the risk of harm and apply the least possible force to restore health.


The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae). Naturopathic Doctors recognize and support the inherent self-healing ability of the individual.


Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causum). Naturopathic Doctors seek to identify and treat the underlying causes of disease.


Doctor as Teacher (Docere). The primary role of the Naturopathic Doctor is to educate and support each patient in taking responsibility for their health.


Treat the Whole Person. Naturopathic Doctors recognize that health results from a complex interaction of many factors and focus on treatment of the whole person through individualized care.


Focus on Prevention. A primary objective of the Naturopathic Doctor is the prevention of disease through encouraging a healthy lifestyle and controlling risk factors.