Naturopathic philosophy is rooted in the belief that nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. Some foods help you heal, while others damage your body and contribute to chronic illness. Many medical conditions such as diabetes, irritable bowel disease, and eczema have been associated with food allergies and sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, and dietary imbalances. With appropriate dietary modifications or specialized diets, as well as nutritional supplementation, many health concerns can be treated and improved.
Naturopathic Doctors have the ability to prescribe certain prescription medications, since the Ontario government passed new legislation in 2015. After properly assessing each patient individually, NDs have the option to prescribe bioidentical hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid, as well as various other medications.
To obtain optimal health, the whole person must be considered. 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 and integral part of the naturopathic treatment program. Naturopathic doctors are trained to counsel on various lifestyle factors, including sleep hygiene, managing stress, smoking and exercise.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated, and prevented illness for over two thousand years. Acupuncture is growing in acceptance and practice in Western countries and has proven through clinical trials to be very effective, especially for pain relief, infertility and other gynecological issues, as well as various chronic health issues.
The key principle that defines and connects all of Chinese medicine is Qi, or vital energy. The Qi of all organs must be in balance, neither too active nor too inactive, for a person to be healthy. A Naturopathic Doctor will use acupuncture to assist the body to achieve a balanced Qi. The body’s organs and systems are all connected in meridians or channels that lie just under the skin. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific meridian points, each of which has a specific “function” by which it balances the energy, or Qi, of the body. Acupuncture needles used at our clinic are all sterile and disposable. Typically, a person must undergo a minimum of 6-8 weekly or bi-weekly sessions to see improvement in a chronic condition.
Many plants are powerful medicines that are safe and effective when used in the right dosage in combination with other herbs and treatments. Naturopathic doctors are currently the only health care providers in Canada to be licensed in the use of botanical medicine, and are extensively trained on the potential side-effects and interactions with pharmaceutical prescriptions. Herbs are used in many different forms, including teas, tinctures or capsules.
Homeopathic medicine was originally developed in the 18th century by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann, and is widely used throughout the world. Based on the principle of “like cures like”, minute amounts of plant, animal or mineral substances are used at a cellular level to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. Homeopathic remedies are very safe to use, and Naturopathic doctors are trained to insure the proper remedy selection(s), potency and dosing. Homeopathic remedies are particularly effective for allergies and hayfever, colds and infections, gynecological issues, skin conditions and digestive problems.