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Is a system of medicine that aims at finding and treating the root cause of an illness, rather then merely treating the symptoms. Naturopaths believe in promoting the health of an individual through education and prevention. By respecting the body’s own healing ability, Naturopaths use the following modalities to help bring an individuals health back into balance:
Naturopathic Medicine Modalities
Nutrition and the therapeutic use of foods is a cornerstone of Naturopathic medicine. Food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, dietary imbalances or nutritional excesses are associated with many medical conditions. A Naturopathic doctor is trained to understand the impact that your diet is having on your health. With appropriate dietary modification and nutritional supplements health concerns can be treated with fewer complications and side effects.
Medicinal plants have been, and will continue to be a valuable part of health care. These plants and plant substances are highly effective and safe in the right dosage and when used correctly with other herbs and treatments. Herbs can be prepared in many forms - teas, tinctures or capsules. Naturopathic doctors are extensively trained in both the art and science of botanical medicine to minimize side effects and drug interactions, while providing a safe and effective dosage. Naturopathic doctors are currently the only health care providers in Canada to be licensed for the use of botanical medicine.
This powerful system of medicine is more than 200 years old and is widely accepted in many countries. Homeopathy is based on the premises of “like cures like” and of minute dilutions. Homeopathic prescription involves taking a very detailed case history and tailoring the choice of remedy to the unique characteristics of each individual. When carefully matched to the patient, homeopathic remedies are able to stimulate the body's innate healing forces on both the physical and emotional levels, with few side effects. Some conditions that do not respond well to conventional medicine respond effectively to homeopathy.
Traditional Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture
The key principle that defines and connects all of Chinese medicine is that of Qi, or vital energy. Qi flows and connects our organs through channels called meridians that lie just under the skin. These must be balanced for optimal health to ensue. Naturopathic Doctors use Eastern herbs and acupuncture to assist the body in regulating the Qi and achieving balance. Acupuncture is the use of very thin needles, which are inserted into specific meridian points. The practice of acupuncture has been used for over two thousand years, and has proven to be very effective especially for pain relief and chronic illness.
Physical medicine offers treatment for many different health concerns. Treatments include hydrotherapy techniques, gentle electrical impulses, and exercise therapy.
Prevention and Lifestyle Counseling
Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements in healing and disease. Addressing all aspects of a person's life, identifying and addressing the impact that stress and life events have on a patient's health is an important aspect of naturopathic treatment.