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Botanical medicine is the practice of utilizing plants in the treatment and prevention of disease. It's use dates back thousands of years and it remains as one of the most sought after alternative therapies around the world. Botanicals set the foundation of modern pharmacology, as many conventional drugs used today were originally derived from isolated compounds found in plants. Research supports the use of botanicals for a variety of health concerns, which makes them effective adjuncts to your care. NDs are well trained in their utility and ensure that they are prescribed safely and correctly based on your medical history and concurrent use of medication.
Proper nutrition helps set the stage for overall good health and is one of the main pillars of naturopathic medicine. NDs recognize every individual as unique with specific nutritional requirements. When the body fails to meet these specific demands either through the diet or by additional supplementation, health problems may ensue. With nutritional education we can work together to help identify food sensitivities, correct nutritional deficiencies, address digestive disturbances, reach optimal weight goals, improve mood, increase energy, and treat/prevent chronic disease. Recommendations are made to be realistic (never stressful!) and according to the patient's specific health goals and needs.
When dietary modification is not enough, additional supplementation with vitamins, minerals, and other nutraceuticals may be needed in order to help return the body back into a state of balance. NDs assess each patient on a case by case basis and use information from their history, physical exam, and bloodwork to determine if additional supplementation is indicated. We only recommend products from professional brands that undergo third party testing to ensure that quality and safety standards are routinely met.
Laboratory testing plays an important role in screening, diagnosis, and treatment. One of the primary aims of a ND is to uncover the root cause of disease. With the use of laboratory tests we can better understand what is happening within the body so that a treatment plan can be created to directly target what needs to be corrected for optimal health. Labs are useful for monitoring the effectiveness of treatment, as they provide an objective measure that can be tracked and compared over time to see how progress is being made. This information can help guide our treatment and it enables us to make modifications to your plan as necessary to ensure that we are always moving forward. General blood work as well as more specialized testing, including but not limited to food sensitivity, comprehensive stool analysis, SIBO breath testing and blood/urine/salivary hormone testing is available.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves placing fine needles into specific sites on the skin in order to influence the movement of Qi (pronounced "chee"), the energy that flows within us. Qi is said to pass through various channels or meridians in the body much like water flows through a river. Any obstruction in the movement of energy through these pathways can lead to dysfunction in our internal organ systems. Traditional Chinese Medicine theory suggests that the flow of energy can be re-established when needles are inserted into specific points along the meridians. Modern scientists have found that the act of needling the skin triggers the nervous system to release chemicals within the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, which in turn help the body to regulate it's functioning through a cascade effect. NDs use a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern medical acupuncture to treat a variety of concerns, from any type of pain to anxiety, digestive problems, and hormonal imbalances.
Lifestyle counselling is an integral part of any naturopathic treatment program. NDs strive to treat each patient as a whole and thus understand how physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors influence our overall health and well-being. Our aim is to educate and empower you to make positive lifestyle changes that will ultimately optimize your current health and prevent disease in the future. When desired, we can offer support in a number of areas, including stress management, relationships, nutrition, exercise, and environmental hazards.