A treatment plan is designed to meet your individual needs, using a combination of the following natural therapies.
Minor nutritional changes can often have a major impact on your health. Nutritional counseling is provided as a therapeutic tool in treating disease, maximizing energy levels and immunity, and preventing future illness. Goals include identifying and treating food intolerances and/or sensitivities, correcting nutritional deficiencies, and adjusting dietary imbalances. Certain medical conditions often respond very well to dietary changes and nutritional supplements, including headaches, allergies, type 2 diabetes, sinus congestion, ear infections, high cholesterol, depression, and fatigue.
Botanical medicine involves the use of plants as medicine. Plants have been used as healing agents for thousands of years, and provide the chemical origin for most drugs. Hundreds of scientific research studies demonstrate the effectiveness of plant compounds in the treatment of disease. Botanical medicines are highly effective and safe when prescribed at the right dose and in proper combination with other treatments. Naturopathic Doctors are trained in recognizing when pharmaceutical interventions may be required, as well as in herb-drug interactions. Botanical preparations most commonly include tinctures, teas, capsules, or topical applications.
Homeopathy is a powerful system of medicine that was developed in Europe over 200 years ago. Homeopathic medicines are made from specific dilutions of plant, animal, or mineral substances and are used to help stimulate the body’s innate healing abilities. Treating the whole person is the goal of homeopathy, as remedies are selected that take an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional symptoms into consideration. Homeopathic remedies are extremely safe to use for people of all ages, and infants and children often respond exceptionally well. Homeopathic remedies also seldom have side-effects, and can be used safely in combination with prescription drugs.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained in traditional Chinese methods of diagnosis and treatment. The basic principle underlying the philosophy of Chinese Medicine is that imbalances in the body’s vital energy, or “Qi”, are responsible for all forms of disease. Qi is the life force that controls all functions of the body and mind. Disease represents a disruption in the body’s equilibrium and in the flow of Qi. Acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition are used to support the body in re-gaining a state of health. Chinese medicine can be a very powerful modality in the treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic illnesses.
Naturopathic Doctors use a variety of hands-on techniques for the spine, joints, and soft tissues. Treatments may include soft tissue work (therapeutic massage or Bowen therapy), naturopathic manipulation of the muscles, bones, or spine, hydrotherapy (the use of water as a therapeutic device), ultrasound, gentle electrical impulses, and exercise therapy.
Bowen Therapy is a type of bodywork that was developed in Australia in the 1950’s, and has been used to treat thousands of people worldwide. Bowen involves specific series’ of movements that are performed over muscles and other soft tissue to stimulate the body to reset and heal itself. This modality is remarkable in its ability to help alleviate complaints in relatively few sessions. Results are also typically long-lasting, unless re-injury occurs. A number of musculoskeletal and internal conditions respond well to Bowen therapy. Some examples include chronic and acute back and/or neck pain, plantar fasciitis, respiratory problems including asthma, bunions, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, scoliosis, sports injuries, knee pain, frozen shoulder, jaw pain/misalignment, headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Lifestyle counseling takes into consideration the social, mental, emotional, and cultural context in which an illness has developed. Patterns of thought, behaviours, life events, and work can all contribute to the development of disease, and promoting an awareness of these factors can be a powerful tool in the healing process. Lifestyle counseling assists people in developing strategies in self-care and coping skills that will help to prevent disease and promote an overall healthy lifestyle.