Naturopathic Medicine incorporates a wide variety of different approaches depending on your particular needs:
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for thousands of years and incorporates acupuncture, acupressure, diet, massage, and Asian herbs and foods.
According to TCM, when your energy flow, or Qi (pronounced chi) is out of balance, your body cannot adapt to stress, making you more likely to develop chronic illness and pain. TCM seeks to relieve these imbalances by adjusting the circulation of Qi and balancing the forces of yin and yang energy. A harmonious flow of Qi, achieved by balancing cold and heat, internal and external, yin and yang, will help sustain long-term physical, mental and emotional health.
Botanical medicine utilizes diverse plant substances from around the world for their powerful healing and nutritional values. Naturopathic doctors use herbs from Europe, the Americas, China and India to prevent and alleviate illness. The flowers, roots, leaves or oils of a plant may be used in the remedy. Therapy may take the form of: teas, tincture, ointments, essential oils and supplements.
Physical Medicine hydrotherapy is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment. It involves the use of water for soothing pains and treating diseases. Constitutional hydrotherapy, a method of stimulating the body’s vital force, is often prescribed. Treatment can involve alternate applications of hot and cold water to promote circulation. Hydrotherapies include: hot and cold packs (general and local), saunas and steam baths, general hot and cold baths, sitz baths and poultices.
Nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. Like medicines and drugs, foods affect the way your body functions. Some foods help you heal, while others damage your body and contribute to chronic illness. A healthy diet consisting of the right balance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, anti-oxidants, fibre and amino acids is the most important tool for your body to manage stress and prevent and recover from illness.
Clinical nutrition is utilized to analyze your health and nutritional intake to address deficiencies, and promotes immunity and health. A diet diary may be the first step in determining food allergies, sensitivities and digestive issues.
Homeopathic Medicine is a natural, nontoxic therapeutic system of healing that assists in the inherent ability of the body to heal itself. Homeopathic medicines or “remedies” use minute amounts of plant, mineral or animal substances to stimulate a person’s innate healing ability and to strengthen the entire system. It attempts to treat like with like, using substances that, in larger dosages, would develop the illness symptom in a healthy person. Homeopathy restores the body to homeostasis, or healthy balance, which is considered its natural state. The symptoms of a disease are regarded as the body’s own defensive attempt to correct its imbalance, rather than as enemies to be defeated. Homeopathic remedies are designed to stimulate this internal curative process rather than suppress the symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are particularly effective for: depression, anxiety, allergies, infections, gynecological concerns, skin conditions, digestive problems, chronic and acute conditions including colds and flu.
Lifestyle Counselling is used to achieve the best results from your naturopathic treatment, you need to understand and practice the principles of healthy living. By helping you identify and adjust the habits that contribute to ill health, your intern or ND will help you maintain wellness over the long term. Mental attitudes and emotions are important elements in overall health and should be considered when treating illness and disease. As part of their education, naturopathic doctors are trained in various counseling techniques. Lifestyle counseling, in conjunction with other naturopathic therapies, can provide support for those dealing with depression, fatigue, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), work-related stress, relationship issues, life transitions, and health problems, particularly chronic health problems.