What is naturopathic medicine?
Here’s a scenario. You are driving down the road in your car and all of a sudden you look at the dashboard and see that your ‘check engine’ light comes on. Do you just disable the light so it doesn’t light up any more or do pop the hood to see what the issue is that’s triggering the light to come on?
Symptoms that show up in your body and mind are a direct SIGNAL from your body that there is imbalance somewhere. Naturopathic medicine equates to popping the hood in order to determine the issues causing your symptoms so that the root cause can be addressed.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of imbalance in the body.
What do naturopathic treatments look like?
During the initial intake we will do a comprehensive overview of your current and past health conditions and go over your life circumstances and how they are contributing to your health.
Together we figure out what factors in your life could be negatively affecting your current state and how we can remedy that.
When formulating a treatment plan I have many modalities I can utilize. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, mindfulness and meditation, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, may also be used during treatments.
How do you prepare for an appointment?
Please fill out the online intake form sent to you. If you are unable to fill it out prior to the appointment then we can fill it out during, but it will just cut into the time. Please bring a list of all supplements and medications you are currently taking as well as any recent lab work you have on hand.
If doing biofeedback don’t eat or drink anything (except water) for 3 hours before the appointment.
Principles of naturopathic medicine:
FIRST DO NO HARM – Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects; Acknowledge and respect the individual’s healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.
IDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSE – The primary goal of a naturopathic doctor is to determine and treat the underlying cause rather than simply managing or suppressing their symptoms. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal.
TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON – Each person is unique and requires individualized care. In treating the cause of any condition a naturopathic doctor takes into account not only your physical symptoms, but also mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spiritual and other factors. Disease affects the entire person, not just a specific organ or system. Your nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, feelings, environmental stresses, and physical health are all carefully evaluated and addressed.
DOCTOR AS TEACHER – Naturopathic doctors will assist you in understanding health and illness. He/she will provide with an understanding of the factors that affect your health and help you balance and become more capable of maintaining your own health.
What kind of education do naturopathic doctors have?
Naturopathic Doctors practicing in Ontario have completed a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education and rigorous entry-to-practice exams, prior to registration as a Naturopathic Doctor in Ontario. Education includes a minimum of three years of undergraduate coursework, and a four-year, accredited, naturopathic medical education. Graduates must pass two sets of provincial licensing board exams and are required to maintain their competency throughout their career by completing at least 70 hours of accredited continuing medical education courses every three years, in order to keep their current registration in good order.