Naturopathic Medicine is a comprehensive primary health care system involving the integration of many established traditional systems of medicine. Your ND may recommend multiple therapies to best treat your concerns.
Naturopathic Doctors believe that what we eat everyday is fundemental to health. It can support and promote your body’s natural processes or hinder them. Clinical nutrition examines the relationship between diet and the health. Naturopaths not only analyze the diet for nutritional adequacy, we also use diet as therapeutic treatment. Treatment can entail special diets and nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutraceuticals.
The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginnings of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. Plant substances from around the world are used for their healing effects and nutritional value. A growing body of evidence supports the use of botanicals for a multitude of healing properties from immune boosting to hormonal regulation. Botanical medicine is foundational Naturopathy’s body balancing approach, using nature as medicine.
Based on the principle of “like cures like” homeopathy is an energetic modality used since the 1700s. Homeopathic remedies use minute amounts of natural substances to stimulate the body’s healing abilities.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Based on balancing yin and yang and the flow of Chi (energy) through meridian pathways, Asian Medicine approaches healthcare from a unique and holistic perspective of the human body. In the Eastern countries it has been used as a common part of medical care for over 2000 years. Typical TCM therapies include the use of acupuncture, acupressure, diet modification and Eastern herbology.
Prevention and Lifestyle Counselling
Naturopathic doctors recognize that there are multiple dimensions to health and wellness. Physical, emotional, nutritional and environmental factors can affect health. Helping patients make effective lifestyle choices is a basic tenant of Naturopathic Medicine.
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