Interested in a more natural healthcare option?
Consider naturopathic medicine
Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary healthcare providers much like your family doctor or nurse practitioner. We’re also experts in natural and preventative medicine. We have access to many unique treatment tools. We address many acute and chronic health concerns. And, we work together with other medical professionals to give you the best care. We’ve been a regulated healthcare profession in Ontario since 1925.
Naturopathic Doctors provide a confidential and neutral space for you to explore conventional as well as, complementary and alternative healthcare options. We listen to you. We take the time to answer your questions, address your concerns, and get a full picture of what’s going on with your health. We provide information, and empower you to make informed choices about your healthcare, and manage your own health long-term.
The naturopathic principles which guide our approach include:
First do no harm
Using the most gentle yet effective treatment available
Supporting the body’s natural ability to heal
Cooperating with the healing power of nature
Individualized treatment for the whole person
An individually tailored treatment plan that helps you meet your health goals
Getting to the root cause
Identifying and treating the root cause of disease rather than masking symptoms
Teaching the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine
Inspiring and empowering patients to live healthier, fuller lives
A naturopathic doctor may recommend the following treatments, therapies or remedies
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- Dietary changes
- Food sources of specific nutrients
- Nutritional supplements
- IV therapies
- Eating patterns
- Sleeping habits
- Thought patterns
- Water intake
- Establishing a healthy and supportive daily routine
- Herbal remedies in the forms of teas, pills, tinctures (herbs soaked in alcohol), creams, or other forms
- Homeopathy involves the use of very dilute substances to help bring the body back into balance
- A remedy is chosen that at normal doses, would create similar symptoms to those you’re experiencing, in a healthy person.
- Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of medicine based on observing imbalances that happen in nature and human beings. It can include diet and lifestyle advice, herbal remedies, acupuncture or acupressure of the body, ear or scalp, or other therapies like moxa or moxibustion, electroacupuncture, or cupping.
- Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterilized, single-use, stainless steel needles, through the skin into underlying tissues at specific points on the body for therapeutic purposes.
- Acupressure is needle-free. It involves gentle pressure at specific points on the body , typically with the thumbs. Acupressure can also be done at home, as a home therapy.
- Ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture is acupuncture done at specific points on the ear. It’s often used to help people quit smoking, stop drinking, or with other addictions. It can also be used for other purposes such as insomnia, or to stimulate calm and relaxation.
- Ear acupressure is needle-free and is often done by taping small round seeds of the vaccaria plant discretely at specific points on the ear. The seeds typically stay in place for 3-4 days and patients can shower as normal. The seeds can be pressed or left alone. Ear seeds are often used for similar purposes as ear acupuncture.
- Physical medicine involves looking at and treating your physical body
- It generally involves gentle manipulation of the soft tissue and/or bone
- Naturopathic Doctors learn basic massage techniques
- We also learn how to do adjustments or manipulation similar to those your chiropractor may use
- Finally, Katrina is currently studying to become an Osteopath or Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
- Osteopathy involves gentle manipulation of the bones, soft tissues and organs for therapeutic purposes
- Hydrotherapy or water therapy is the use of water for therapeutic purposes.
- Different temperatures of water are used because of their effect on how blood circulates.
- Hydrotherapy or water therapy is often used to speed healing after a surgery or injury
- It can also be used for other therapeutic purposes
- Over the counter medications
- Working together with other healthcare providers