Naturopathic Doctors are extensively trained in the following:
Clinical Nutrition is a cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained to understand the effects of diet on health. Many conditions are rooted in dietary imbalances, or excesses. Naturopathic Doctors focus on using whole food nutrition, meaning they emphasize consumption of foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or very minimally processed, to maximize the health benefits from the food we eat. Food intolerances and nutrient deficiencies are becoming ever more common, therefore diet modification and possible supplementation with very high quality nutritional supplement products is often an integral part of a treatment plan.
Botanical Medicine is the use of herbal tinctures (solvent, typically alcohol, extract of plant material, often leaves), capsules of standardized extracts of herbs or herbal teas to treat a variety of concerns. Herbs can often be combined to have synergistic effects, addressing more than one concern, with minimal to no side effects. Herbs have the ability to support the body’s natural healing process , stimulate gentle detoxification, and treat disorders . One class of herbs, known as adaptogens, have a unique ability to restore balance, by neither over-stimulating nor inhibiting normal body function, but rather exerting a generalized tonifying effect.
Asian Medicine and Acupuncture includes the use of acupuncture, botanicals and the energetics of food to balance the body. Qi (pronounced Chee), roughly translates to vital energy, and flows in meridans or channels throughout the body. Qi must be balanced, neither over active, or too little in the body, for proper function to occur. When illness or dysfunction occur, Qi cannot flow smoothly, and symptoms manifest. Acupuncture, the insertion of very fine solid needles into precise points along the necessary meridans, is one method a Naturopathic Doctors may use to help the body restore health and balance. Eastern or Asian herbs, and dietary recommendations from an Asian medicine perspective may also be used in conjunction with acupuncture.
Lifestyle Counselling addresses the link between mental, emotional, and physical health. Naturopathic Doctors strive to treat the whole person, so identifying and addressing the impact that stress and life events have on a patients health is an important part of treatment.
Injection and Infusion Therapycan be used to quickly and efficiently correct common nutrient deficiencies by providing a high dose of nutrients delivered into the muscle via an injection. B12 injections can be used to support mental health and neurological health, decreased energy, and sleep problems. Magnesium can be commonly depleted in highly stressed individuals. It can help treat tight muscles, restless leg syndrome, high blood pressure, and a host of other concerns. IV infusions of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, calcium, magnesium and vitamin C administered intravenously are used to increase blood concentrations of several nutrients faster and more efficiently than what is achieved by oral supplementation. It is a great treatment option for those suffering from GI disorders such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, chronic pain conditions and fibromyalgia, stress and fatigue, immune support and for optimizing athletic performance.
Homeopathy is an energy based system of medicine is widely accepted in a number of countries around the world. Remedies, made from dilutions of a substance (a plant like onion for example), are given when a patient presents with symptoms (red, stinging, itchy eyes, possibly from allergies) that are similar to symptoms the substance would cause (like tearing eyes) in a healthy person, or when the properties or constitution of a substance match that of the patients. The thought is that there is a dysfunction of the body’s vital force, and when gently stimulated by the remedy, healing can occur.