Naturopathic Medicine is an alternative medical system that is like conventional medicine in assessment and diagnostic techniques, including physical exam and laboratory diagnosis.However, Naturopathic Doctors believe in the body’s natural healing forces, and therefore in lieu of employing pharmaceutical medication as a first line therapeutic intervention, Naturopathic Doctors are trained in botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition and nutraceuticals, physical medicine, lifestyle and psychological counseling.
Laboratory TestingNaturopathic Medicine
When it comes to determining the root cause of a person’s condition, the results of laboratory testing is often required. If blood work or imaging studies were performed via the medical doctor, we will send out a release of records request and the results will be faxed to our clinic. Otherwise we are able to send our patients directly to Lifelabs for testing (OHIP does not cover the cost of lab tests ordered by a Naturopathic Doctor).
Traditional AcupunctureNaturopathic Medicine
In traditional medicine, practitioners mapped the interconnections in the body through a meridian system. The meridians in the body are a complex system of energetic connections between our organs, and these connections must be open for our body to properly function. By optimizing the function of each organ, and ensuring that the connections between them are unobstructed, vital energy can course along the proper paths and the body is in balance. This is achieved by inserting a needle into various meridian points that are found to be obstructed based on a thorough assessment.
Women’s HealthNaturopathic Medicine
Women have complex and sensitive hormonal systems, which predisposes us to more common unpleasant symptoms than men. These symptoms are often dubbed as “normal”, and many women simply bear them due to lack of information. Naturopathic medicine can have an enormous effect on such symptoms, and often times, they are very simple to remedy.
There are many ways in which naturopathic medicine is helpful in optimizing fertility. Not only can it aid in basic reproductive function, but it’s also an effective adjunct to assisted reproductive technologies. Naturopathic treatment plans aim at balancing hormonal levels, increasing sperm count and quality, correcting for any deficiencies and helping your body better cope with stress both mentally and physiologically. Acupuncture can be a very effective means of increasing fertility.
Prenatal CareNaturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic care is a great adjunct to either obstetrical or midwifery care. Topics covered often include diet (allergy elimination, increasing nutrient density, education of safe herbs/foods/supplements for each trimester), sleep, exercise, pelvic floor health, stress, Group B Strep testing, glucose tolerance testing, fetal positioning, the microbiome and importance of good bacteria. Naturopathic medicine is also well equipped to resolve common pregnancy ailments such as constipation, UTIs, and nausea if they arise, as well as threatened or recurrent miscarriages, lactation support and postpartum healing.
Postnatal CareNaturopathic Medicine
We also do a lot of work on infant sleep, including safe co-sleeping and healthy crib mattresses. I prefer to see mother-baby dyad at 7 weeks (to discuss vaccination options), 12 weeks, then every 3 months until the age of 2, after which we check in once per year.
Allergies and Autoimmune DisordersNaturopathic Medicine
When the immune system is confused it can manifest either as an allergy (ie. Seasonal allergies, food allergies, chemical sensitivities, etc) or autoimmunity (ie. Lupus, Crohn’s, Colitis, Celiac Disease, etc). We rebalance the immune response through testing, dietary modifications, herbs, and supplements.
Digestive DisordersNaturopathic Medicine
Digestion is the centre of health. All other body systems are reliant on a properly functioning digestive tract. There are many indicators of a dysfunctional digestive tract (ie. IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, constipation, reflux/heartburn, bloating/gas, etc). Tools that we use to repair the gut includes dietary changes, herbs, and supplements to name a few. A personalized treatment plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle is formulated to heal your gut, and in turn, heal your whole body.
Natural DispensaryNaturopathic Medicine
We offer professional grade natural supplements as a service to our patients. By carrying supplements on-site, patients can conveniently obtain the supplements they need in a timely manner. As we are a smaller vendor, we are happy to refer you to the larger dispensaries in town if they carry the desired product at a cheaper rate. We always have your wellness in mind.