What is Naturopathy?
Feel Your Best – Look Your Best – Perform at Your Best
Many people are not familiar with the concept of naturopathic medicine. For more than 100 years, Western Medicine has moved towards a medical model that has become increasingly reliant on surgery and medication management to address illness and injuries. These methods, though generally beneficial, are not always effective. The practitioner of Naturopathic Medicine employs alternative methods, which in conjunction with other modalities, can be effective in promoting health and recovery from injury and disease while having the side benefit of optimizing function. In essence, the naturopath employs techniques that not only identify the root cause of disease but also promote health and healing through the use of natural therapies.
Naturopathic doctors receive comprehensive training and are committed towards disease prevention. Such practitioners are more than qualified to provide education to individuals about how to achieve optimal health and wellness. The naturopathic practitioner identifies the root cause of an issue and then provides treatment to return balance the the body.
It is the perspective of the naturopathic practitioner that symptoms are attributable to a host of factors including inadequate nutritional intake, vitamin deficiencies, the presence of environmental factors, toxicity, undue stress or the effects of injury. The naturopathic practitioner takes all of these factors, including the person as a whole, into account when diagnosing a condition and developing an appropriate plan of action.
The Naturopathic Doctor provides treatment aimed at the following:
- Removing obstacles and providing treatment allowing the body to heal through natural means
- Treating the cause of disease not just symptoms
- Using gentle and non-invasive methods to eliminate or at least significantly reduce side effects
- Serving as a teacher and guide to educate the patient of their condition and provide strategies on how to best address the disease and optimize functioning
- Treating the person as an integrated whole and not just as a constellation of symptoms
Positive outcomes stemming from naturopathic interventions include the following:
- Increasing energy
- Reducing body fat and weight
- Resolving digestion issues
- Improving mood and cognitive efficiency
- Balancing hormone levels
- Decreasing stress and anxiety
- Reducing inflammation leading to pain
- Boosting the body’s natural immune functioning
“Know what sort of patient has a disease rather than what sort of disease a patient has”
What to expect on your first visit?
The majority of people have never seen a naturopath and may be hesitant to consult one. We assure our prospective patients that the initial assessment will be painless and non-invasive. The first visit with the naturopathic doctor involves a consultation lasting at least 60 minutes, which begins with an inquiry into one’s particular health concerns. This may be followed by a focused physical exam necessary for a comprehensive diagnosis. A follow up appointment will then be booked at which time an individualized treatment plan will be put into effect based on the initial assessment results and will focus on addressing specific issues in order to facilitate a return to balanced health.
Our naturopaths have extensive experience in treating clients suffering from the following conditions:
|Fatigue||Disease Prevention and Health Management|
|Autoimmune conditions||High Blood Pressure|
|Sleep disorders||High Blood Cholesterol|
|Hormone and Reproductive Disorders||Diabetes|
|Pain management||Musculoskeletal injuries/Athletic Therapy|
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Benjamin Franklin