Naturopathic Medicine is offered at our clinic in downtown Toronto. Naturopathic Doctors are healthcare professionals who are university trained and have an in-depth understanding of the human body, health, and disease. They use their extensive knowledge to assess, diagnose and treat your health complaints using an integrative approach. Our Naturopath uses acupuncture, herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition, basic lifestyle counseling and education with her patients.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
The practice of naturopathic medicine includes the promotion of health, the assessment of the physical and mental condition of an individual, and the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, disorders and dysfunctions through education, common diagnostic procedures, and the integrated use of therapies and substances that promote the individual’s inherent self-healing processes.
Naturopathic doctors provide primary and adjunctive health care to people of all ages, focusing on the scientific use of natural therapies to support and stimulate healing processes. Naturopathic doctors promote health, prevent illness, and diagnose and treat disease in a manner consistent with the body of knowledge and standards of practice for the profession.
As primary care providers, naturopathic doctors work with their patients and educate them to take responsibility for their own health. Naturopathic doctors frequently work closely with other health care professionals and are also trained to refer patients to other health-care providers when warranted.
Naturopathic therapies are selected to treat the individual’s presenting condition, taking into consideration their particular symptoms and overall health status.
What Services Do Naturopathic Doctors Offer?
The body of knowledge that underlies treatment modalities used in modern naturopathic medical practice incorporates both ancient knowledge, conventional medical knowledge, and the latest advances in medical science. Naturopathic therapies are selected to treat the individual’s presenting condition, taking into consideration particular symptoms and overall health status.
Botanical Medicine: Plant substances have been used safely and effectively for centuries in the prevention and treatment of disease. Their clinical uses and effects are described in detail in traditional literature, and they are the subjects of an increasing amount of new scientific research. Botanical medicines have pharmacological properties that necessitate their use by appropriately trained health care providers.
Clinical Nutrition: The relationship between nutrition and wellness, or between inadequate nutrition and disease, is well documented and is a cornerstone of naturopathic practice.
Counselling Techniques: A tenet of naturopathic medicine is that emotional health and physical health are interdependent. Naturopathic practice includes the integrated use of counseling techniques along with such methods as stress management when indicated.
Homeopathic Medicine: Homeopathic medicine was originally developed during the 18th century by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann, and is widely used throughout the world.
Lifestyle Modification: Environment and lifestyle have a significant impact on health. Simple things like getting adequate sleep and exercise can have an important impact on health.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture: TCM and acupuncture comprise a system that has been in use for 5,000 years for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This system employs unique methods for evaluating the flow and balance of energy in the body, and includes the specialized use of Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Naturopathic doctors are trained to use this system when indicated as part of an integrated approach with Western diagnostic methods.
What conditions can Naturopathic Medicine treat?
NDs are primary healthcare practitioners, and can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including acute concerns and chronic health conditions. In the event that a Naturopath is unable to treat your condition, he or she will consult or refer appropriately. Our Naturopath has helped people with a wide range of conditions including:
- Anxiety & Depression
- Digestive Problems
- Menstrual problems
- Muscle & Joint aches
- Pregnancy Symptoms
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Low Energy Levels
- Colds & Flus
- and many more!
Naturopathic Fertility Treatment
Fertility treatments by our Naturopathic Doctor are available for singles and couples trying to get pregnant. Whether you are just starting to think about trying or are years into the fertility journey, we can help! Our Naturopathic Doctor uses a variety of techniques to help increase your chances of getting pregnant and delivering a healthy baby. Many of her patients are also seeing one of the many fertility doctors across the GTA, therefore she is knowledgeable in the medications, examinations, and procedures used and is happy to work together with reproductive endocrinologists.
Techniques used by our Naturopath to enhance fertility include:
Acupuncture – Acupuncture has been studied numerous times and has been shown to help with sperm concentration, motility, and morphology. It has also been shown to almost double pregnancy rates in women going through IVF! It is definitely a first line defence for a Naturopathic Doctor treating infertility.
Herbs – Many North American and Traditional Chinese herbs have pharmacological properties that can regulate the menstrual cycle, promote regular ovulation, and increase pregnancy rates. They can also help with libido and sperm results.
Dietary changes – You are what you eat! Depending on what your diagnosis is, dietary changes can be very beneficial for your fertility health. There are diets to help those who don’t ovulate regularly, and diets to help decrease the inflammation of endometriosis among others.
Stress reduction techniques – Trying to get pregnant is inherently stressful and it is important to survive this journey! Furthermore, there are studies by Dr. Alice Domar showing that stress reduction techniques can increase pregnancy rates.
Vitamin supplementation – There is more to getting pregnant than making sure that you’re taking folic acid! Depending on your age, cycle length, uterine lining thickness, etc. there may be some vitamins that could help get your body in optimal condition to conceive and carry to term.
Remember that Naturopathic Medicine is covered by most extended health benefit plans.