What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy (Naturopathic medicine) is a primary health care profession with a patient-centred approach. It emphasizes prevention and using treatments that support the body’s natural ability to heal in order to help the patient achieve sustainable health and wellness.
Who Can Benefit from Naturopathy?
Naturopathic doctors are trained to treat virtually all health concerns from acute to chronic, pediatric to geriatric and physical to psychological. Naturopathic doctors work with three main groups of people:
- patients that are looking for disease prevention and health promotion
- patients with a range of health concerns and no clear diagnosis
- patients with chronic and severe illnesses
The Principles of Naturopathy
The Healing Power of Nature – Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
Identify and Treat the Causes – Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
First Do No Harm – Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
Doctor as Teacher – Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
Treat the Whole Person – View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
Prevention – Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
The Treatment Modalities of Naturopathy
Nutrition: Focusing on how to modulate and manage physiology, metabolism, nutrient requirements, diet and food sensitivities/intolerances to treat different states of health and disease.
Counselling: Creating a safe, trust-based, doctor-patient relationship allows us to address mental/emotional matters, integrate the mind/body connection, and help support our patients in achieving their health goals.
Botanical Medicine: Clinical use of whole plants, extracts, and formulations/combinations of medicinal plants based on their specific actions and indications based on current research and historical use.
Traditional Chinese Medicine: Originating over 2500 years ago, one of the oldest forms of medicine incorporating acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle to balance the body’s energy or life force known as “qi”.
What can I expect from my first visit with a Naturopathic Doctor?
Before your initial visit, you should complete a new patient intake form and bring it with you to your first appointment along with any recent blood work, other relevant health records and the actual bottles of any medications or supplements that you are currently taking. An initial appointment with a naturopathic doctor involves a thorough intake of your main health concerns, lifestyle habits and a detailed health history. Based on your presentation, a complaint-oriented physical exam may be conducted, further laboratory tests and/or special diagnostic tests may be prescribed, as well as a referral to other healthcare providers if deemed necessary. The visit will also include some recommendations as a starting point for your treatment.
Naturopathy (Naturopathic medicine) is covered by most extended healthcare insurance plans.
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