Why should you see a Naturopathic Doctor?
Consultations with an ND are essential if you would like:
- To manage an acute or chronic condition without harmful drugs or surgery
- A holistic diagnosis for your symptoms that your current health care team has been unable to provide
- To empower yourself and take responsibility for your health
- To prevent chronic illness such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease in your future and improve your quality of life
- Your family to be treated by a primary care practitioner who uses a natural, holistic approach to healthcare
- An integrative health care practitioner who is qualified, medically trained and has passed standardized North American licensing exams in their profession and can work with your current doctor
- To feel heard by a practitioner who listens to you and works as your partner and guide
The Founding Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
- Do no harm
Naturopathic doctors use gentle, non-invasive techniques with minimal side effects to treat restore health, opting not to suppress symptoms, but rather to support the body’s healing processes.
- Identify and treat the cause of disease
Rather than simply suppress symptoms, NDs try to find and remove the underlying physical, emotional, and spiritual causes of disease and distress.
- Treat the whole person
Naturopathic Medicine recognizes the connectivity of body, mind and spirit, as well as the relationships between our body’s many systems, and incorporates these into each patient’s individualized treatment plan.
- Support the healing power of nature
The inherent healing powers of nature and the body are honoured and every effort is made to facilitate these.
- Emphasize prevention
Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
- Doctor as teacher
Naturopathic doctors encourage patients to take responsibility for their health through education about their bodies, wellness and treatments.
Treatment modalities used in Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic Medicine uses a combination of therapies including:
- Clinical nutrition
- Botanical medicine
- Homeopathic medicine
- Asian medicine (acupuncture and herbs)
- Physical therapies (e.g. exercises, massage, joint manipulations, postural correction techniques)
- Intravenous and injected therapies
- Hydrotherapy (treatments using water and temperature)
- Lifestyle counseling
A primary focus of practice is educating patients about their bodies and their health. This broad range of modalities (treatment methods) allows Naturopathic Doctors to develop individualized treatment plans that address not only the physical aspects of a person, but also the mental and emotional aspects. These therapies are often more effective when combined.
Conditions Treated with Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic Medicine is helpful for many conditions such as high blood pressure, fatigue, headaches, skin conditions, digestive problems and menstrual complaints, even cancer (please see list below). Naturopathic Medicine is great for acute problems such as colds and injuries, and it truly excels over other health professions at helping with and PREVENTING chronic conditions. Naturopathic Doctors treat patients of all ages. Women's health care, men's health care, prenatal and pediatric care are all offered as part of a holistic approach. Preventative health-care measures such as regular physical exams, prostate exams and breast exams are also conducted by Naturopathic doctors. Naturopathic Medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health and treating illness naturally.
Naturopathic Medicine treats the cause of disease as well as the symptoms. Patients do not need to have a diagnosed condition to find relief from Naturopathic Medicine.
Examples of Conditions Treated with Naturopathic Medicine (this list is not exhaustive):
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Back pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Coughs and Colds
- Digestive Complaints
- Eating Disorders
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Gynecological Conditions
- Hearing Complaints
- Heart Disease and Conditions
- High Blood Pressure
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Joint Complaints
- Liver Disease
- Medication Side Effects
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neurological Conditions
- Pain (chronic and acute)
- Parkinson's Disease
- Pregnancy related complaints
- Prostate Enlargement
- Respiratory Conditions
- Sleep Disorders
- Skin Conditions
- Smoking Cessation
- Surgical Preparation
- Thyroid Conditions
- Urinary Complaints
- Visual Complaints
- Weight management