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Mental health and addiction – naturopathic approaches

There are many different approaches that Naturopaths can offer their patients with mental health and addiction issues. These include short term relief of cravings or symptoms, and long-lasting skills and more helpful coping mechanisms that can allow you to “kick the habit” or resolve your symptoms for good.

Naturopathic approaches to mental health and addiction issues include

  • Ear acupressure / ear seeds – little seeds taped at various locations on the ears. In traditional chinese medicine (TCM) the ear is considered a map of the body. Stimulating specific points can be helpful to help with mental health and / or addiction related concerns
  • Ear acupuncture – this approach is similar to ear seeds or ear acupressure, but it involves the insertion of very fine sterile single-use needles shallowly, to stimulate various points on the ear
  • Herbal remedies – to decrease cravings, decrease anxiety, improve sleep, or address depression
  • Nutritional foods or supplements – to address symptoms, cravings, nutrient depletions or neurotransmitter imbalances
  • Simple, practical dietary and lifestyle advice – we meet you where you are at, and work with you to develop a more supportive everyday routine
  • Basic counseling techniques  – naturopathic doctors are trained in basic counselling techniques
  • Mindfulness-based approaches – including stress reduction techniques
  • Addressing health concerns – that could be contributing to mental health and addiction issues
  • Homeopathic medicines – dilute medicines that stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself

For more information, feel free to call, email or come in for a free introductory visit.

Originally published in the Valley Naturopath clinic newsletter October 2013


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