Acupuncture Therapy involves treatment methods including diet, herbs, and acupuncture needles. The practice of Acupuncture promotes the circulation of energy throughout the acupuncture channel system. The Chi, or vital energy of the body’s organs and systems are all connected in meridians or channels that lie just under the skin. A Naturopathic Doctor will use Eastern herbs and acupuncture to assist the body in regulating the Chi and achieving balance. Some of the benefits of acupuncture include pain relief, stress reduction, regulation of digestion, relaxation of muscle tension, enhanced fertility and improved sleep.
Nutrition and the therapeutic use of foods is fundamental in Naturopathic Medicine. A very large proportion of health conditions can be linked to imbalanced nutrition and suboptimal digestive health. A Naturopathic Doctor is highly skilled and 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
Medicinal plants are a valuable and powerful tradition in natural healing. The plant as a whole and its therapeutic substances are highly effective and safe when used in the correct dosage and in combination with other herbs and treatments. Botanicals can be used in many forms including tinctures, teas, powders, syrups, creams, salves, capsules or tablets. Naturopathic doctors are extensively trained in both the art and science of botanical medicine and are currently the only health care providers in Canada to be regulated for the use of botanical medicine.
Homeopathy works to promote the body’s innate healing ability (or vital force) through gentle yet curative means. Homeopathic remedies are made from specific dilutions of plant, animal and mineral substances and are prescribed based on acute or long-standing symptoms. Based on the principle that “like cures like”, a substance that may cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can also cure similar symptoms in an unhealthy person. This safe yet powerful system of medicine is more than 200 years old.
Physical, mental and emotional stressors permeate our lives and deeply affect our health. It is crucial to identify and address all aspects of a person’s life – including mental attitudes, emotional states, and varying life events as well as diet and exercise habits. Understanding your individual circumstances allows your Naturopathic Doctor to make preventive and sustainable lifestyle recommendations that help you achieve a healthy balance in your life. Naturopathic doctors are trained to counsel on diet, lifestyle, specific stressors, exercise and occupational or environmental hazards as an integral part of the naturopathic treatment program.
Environmental medicine addresses illnesses that result from environmental exposures. This area of medicine focuses on the impact of environmental toxins or pollutants (including everyday exposures) on our health and the short and long term impacts. People suffering from environmental illness may have allergies, be sensitive to certain chemicals, as in multiple Chemical Sensitivity(MCS) or be unable to work in an office or other enclosed environment without becoming ill, which is known as sick building syndrome. Some people who suffer from environmental illness become sensitive to almost everything in their environment. They may be allergic to pollen, mold and animal dander, be made sick by a large number of common foods through immediate food allergies and delayed food sensitivities, and be unable to tolerate tiny amounts of everyday chemicals in cleaning and cosmetic products. Environmental toxicants can impact the endocrine, immune and nervous system. Conditions that have been associated with chemical exposure include asthma,autoimmune diseases, certain cancers, chemical sensitivities, developmental delays in children, diabetes and fibromyalgia.
Bowen Therapy is a gentle muscle manipulation technique to stimulate your muscles and tissues. It helps to realign the musculoskeletal system by resetting the resting position of the muscles, draining and detoxifying the surrounding tissues, and restoring proper function to both the muscles and nerves. Bowen therapy is a powerful treatment for body pain and since there are no vigorous manipulations, the technique is extremely gentle and safe for all ages, infants to elderly. Bowen achieves profound relief for a wide range of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, joint pain, lower back pain, migraine headaches, shoulder injuries, sports injuries, TMJ syndrome, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, postural problems, leg length discrepancies, sciatica. Bowen can also address asthma, allergies, wheezing, bronchitis, sinusitis, influenza, sore throat/tonsillitis, as well as digestive concerns such as constipation, indigestion/heartburn, hernia, colic, hemorrhoids, and nausea. Women’s health concerns such as infertility, mastitis, breast lumps, PMS, and menstrual pain can also be addressed. Bowen can offer support for nervous system concerns such as anxiety, bedwetting in children, Bell’s Palsy, bladder problems, chronic fatigue, depression, and nervous exhaustion. Overall, Bowen is very good for general relaxation and stress relief. Bowen addresses the entire body holistically, and as a result, you may see improvements in conditions even if they are located far from where the practitioner touches you.
Colon hydrotherapy uses temperature -and pressure -regulated purified water to gently wash out intestinal material from the bowel and stimulate natural contraction and relaxation of the muscles in the bowel. Colon Hydrotherapy can help remove stagnant fecal matter, thus eliminating bacteria, fat soluble toxic material, gas, mucus, parasites, and cellular debris. This allows the colon to perform its natural function of absorption and elimination more effectively.Eliminating bowel toxins can contribute to an improvement or elimination of brain fog, mental irritability, skin problems, stiff joints, chemical sensitivities, fatigue and insomnia. Colon hydrotherapy may also be used as part of a cleansing or detoxification protocol.
The Naturopathic approach to supportive cancer care is to provide natural support in the form of herbal medicine, nutrition, supplements, intravenous vitamins and minerals, and stress reduction techniques to lessen the side effects of conventional cancer treatment. In addition to enhancing the efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents, radiation, and other targeted therapies, natural treatment options can address nutritional deficiencies and contribute to improved energy and quality of life. Naturopathic Care can also provide strategies for long-term cancer prevention and optimizing health.
Manual therapy is a patient-centered approach to health, guided by principles relating to the patient as a whole. The body is regarded as a self-regulating, functional unit that requires proper circulation of all body fluids for health.Manual therapy seeks to find and treat primary physical impediments that prevent an individual from being, feeling and functioning at an optimal level. It’s like detective work, seeking the root cause of symptoms that may be far from the patient’s area of complaint.Only the hands are used in both assessment and treatment. The therapist has an in-depth understanding of the direct relationship between structure (anatomy) of the body and function (physiology) of the body. Diagnosis is based on the assessment of the position, mobility and vitality of each component part (anatomy) combined with each individuals personal history. The goal is to remove restrictions to vascular, neural and biomechanical mechanisms and ultimately support the natural healing mechanism by promoting autoregulation. It is actually the patient who heals themself; the practitioner’s role is to help initiate the process.It is unlike chiropractic treatment, massage therapy or physiotherapy. It is best understood through experience, as the sensation is unique and not comparable to other well-known therapies.Manual therapists recognize that a person’s symptoms are the culmination of many life experiences, and can take a long time to develop (except in the case of acute trauma). A person’s presenting health is often related to a number of complex interacting reasons that may include accidents, injuries, falls, car accidents, surgeries, illnesses, pregnancies and major dental work. The body, adapting to all of these experiences, may reach a point in which no further adaptation is available, recovery time lengthens and optimal health effected. Undue stress, poor posture and lifestyle habits can also lead to the state of the patient’s condition. Thus, it is by combining the patient’s history with physical assessment and diagnosis that root causes are sought out.