Naturopathic medicine is a distinctive primary health care system.
It is the art and science as well as the philosophy and practice of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease. It combines traditional medicine with modern, scientific knowledge. Naturopathic medicine aims to optimize health and wellness by focusing on individualized patient care and health education.
Naturopathic medicine encompasses a wide range of tools or modalities allowing the practitioner to individualize the treatment and to address the whole person by using a unique combination of various therapies for each patient.
Clinical nutrition – examines the relationship between diet and health, and includes treatments such as special diets and nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutraceuticals.
Botanical/Herbal Medicine – uses plant substances for their healing effects and nutritional value. These are administered in the form of food, teas, tinctures, powders, etc.
Homeopathy – based on the principle of “like cures like”, it uses minute amounts of natural substances. It stimulates the self-healing abilities of the body.
Asian Medicine – balances the flow of Chi (energy) which passes through meridian pathways by using acupuncture and Oriental herbs.
Lifestyle Counseling – helps patients make informed choices in order to reach and maintain their optimal health. It takes into consideration physical, emotional, nutritional and environmental factors that affect health.
Physical Medicine – includes a variety of hands-on techniques for the spine, joints and soft tissues such as hydrotherapy, therapeutic use of heat and cold, and massage.
• in-house urine testing
• food and inhalant allergy testing
• toxic hair element analysis
• salivary hormone testing
• standard laboratory tests
In addition to specialized naturopathic testing listed above, conventional blood and urine tests can be ordered.
NEW PATIENTS - WHAT TO EXPECT:
In addition to treating a large variety of conditions, the role of a naturopathic doctor is to educate patients in total well-being, in the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. A doctor-patient relationship is built on a foundation of trust, open discussion and clear communication. The more you know about yourself and your treatment, the more you can participate in restoring and maintaining your health. Therefore, I encourage your participation with questions, comments and feedback throughout the course of your treatment period.
YOUR FIRST VISIT:
Naturopathic Assessment - Your first naturopathic visit will be 75 minutes in length. The reason for this is to allow enough time to thoroughly evaluate your health, understand your health concerns and health goals as well as answer any questions you may have. We will focus on your primary health concerns, discuss your medical history and complete a physical examination in order to determine the cause(s) and aggravating factors to your health concerns.
Laboratory Testing – Additional tests may be recommended in order to comprehensively assess your health.
Treatment – Depending on the condition, treatment may or may not begin on the first visit.
Following your initial visit, a second visit is usually booked within 1-2 weeks. After reviewing the information gathered in the first visit, a naturopathic medical diagnosis is determined. During the second visit, we will discuss your individualized treatment plan by outlining the different aspects as well as answer any questions you may have. Your treatment plan may involve dietary recommendation, lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, acupuncture and/or other treatments depending on your case.
Every patient is different and therefore, so is every treatment plan. A doctor-patient relationship improves with time. Time also allows your naturopathic doctor to observe how your body responds to different treatments and also allows your body to adjust to the treatments. In general, follow-up visits will be scheduled once per month in order to monitor your progress and to adjust the treatment plan. Once your primary health concerns are improving and addressed, the frequency of the follow-up visits will decrease to once or twice a year as the treatment plan will transition its focus towards health promotion and prevention.