Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system built on a patient-centered approach that emphasizes prevention, treatment, and optimal health, using safe and natural methods. It focuses on supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself and uses therapeutic methods and substances to help the patient achieve sustainable health and wellness.
Naturopathic doctors focus not only on the symptoms but also on the underlying conditions causing these symptoms, and on treating the root causes of disease while addressing preventable risk factors. They use a wide range of natural evidence-based and traditional therapies including, but not limited to nutrition, lifestyle, supplements, botanical medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.
Naturopathic doctors use an individualized patient centred approach, recognizing that the root cause of illnesses varies person to person. They believe in treating the whole person – mind, body and soul and recognize how integrated our bodies are, looking at all aspects affecting one’s health and life.
This medicine involves a functional medicine approach, identifying biochemical and physiological imbalances and uses natural, scientifically proven solutions to rectify these imbalances. Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the patient is accomplished by integrating modern and traditional care, which includes clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. All therapeutic options focus on regulating the process of disease and getting to a state of balance, rather than temporary fixes and suppressing the issue.
Naturopathic Medicine allows for individualized treatment plans, specifically researched and catered to your concerns. It also allows for functional testing, which can include Food Intolerance testing, Comprehensive Stool Analysis, Female Hormone tests, Complete Thyroid panel, Adrenal Hormone tests and even Heavy Metal tests to help get to the root cause of your health concerns. Functional lab testing utilizes ‘optimal’ ranges in order to assess disease risk and identify sub-clinical health problems long before they manifest as diseases, rather than focusing solely on pathological markers as typically seen in traditional testing. Naturopathic medicine can work in harmony with traditional western medicines and naturopathy complements many western approaches.
Naturopathic doctors are medically trained, but naturally focused. There are a number of reasons to seek Naturopathic medicine including assistance with:
Naturopathic doctors can order a variety of functional testing, which can add to the treatment plan and help us understand the root cause of the concern. These tests include IgG Food intolerance testing, where a blood sample assesses levels of IgG (a marker for delayed reactions or inflammation in the body) against various foods we eat. Doing this can really help narrow down which foods can be contributing to symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, skin concerns (acne, eczema, rashes), pain, inflammation, migraines, low energy, mood etc. Let’s remove the guesswork, and get real results to work with!
There are also a variety of other tests such as Comprehensive Stool tests (which address the gut microbiome, our bacteria, inflammation in the gut, infections, leaky gut etc), as well as a variety of female hormone tests to get a look at Estrogen, Progesterone, Cortisol and other hormones – ideal for hormonal concerns and fertility! We also offer heavy metal tests, organic acid tests, SIBO breath tests, thyroid and adrenal tests, and do routine blood work if needed.
Functional lab testing utilises ‘optimal’ or ‘functional’ ranges in order to assess disease risk and identify sub-clinical health problems long before they manifest as diseases, where traditional testing typically looks for pathological markers – e.g. once disease has already begun. Naturopathic medicine can work in harmony with conventional medicine and is complementary to many traditional western approaches, helping to both prevent disease and optimise health.
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