Naturopathic medicine involves the integration of several modalities to enhance an individual’s overall health. With naturopathic medicine the patient plays an active role in their health care and can choose the treatment options they are most comfortable with. The following are the modalities used by a Naturopathic Doctor:
Proper nutrition is essential for achieving optimal health. Dietary changes are important for preventing nutrient deficiencies, treating disease and improving overall health.Supervised cleanses or special diets may also be recommended to identify food sensitivities, detoxify the body and to treat a variety of illnesses.
Supplements and Vitamins
People often choose supplements that they heard about in the media or that a friend suggested. With new natural products being constantly developed and studied it can be overwhelming trying to determine what to take. Naturopathic doctor have extensive knowledge in natural supplements and can recommend supplements based on an individual’s unique health complaints. They are also trained in pharmaceutical medications, which is important to limit drug and nutrient interactions.
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese medicine focuses on bringing the body back to a healthy state by reestablishing the proper flow of Chi (energy) in the body. This can include the use of Chinese herbs, diet and acupuncture, which can be used for virtually all health concerns.
Herbal preparations were once the primary method of healing in North America and are the basis of many modern pharmaceutical agents. It is evident from their extensive use throughout history that herbs are an effective and safe form of treatment when used properly. Herbal medicine can be used for a variety of conditions and come in several forms including fresh herbs, teas, tinctures, salves, and standardized extracts.
Lifestyle Counseling and Stress Management
Naturopathic medicine is an integrative form of medicine that seeks to restore balance on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Disease can result when there is a disturbance in any of these areas of a person’s life. Therefore lifestyle changes are essential for obtaining optimal health.
Homeopathy has been used for hundreds of years and is based on the theory that “like cures like.” It is a gentle and inexpensive form of treatment as only small quantities of substances are used which stimulate the body’s vital energy and promote healing.
The following are some of the tests available through our clinic:
- Food allergy testing (IgG blood test)
- Heavy metal analysis
- Salivary testing for hormonal imbalances and adrenal function
- Comprehensive digestive stool analysis
- Standard blood tests