The first appointment will last 1.5 hours. During this time the Naturopathic Doctor will gather information that will allow her to design the best treatment plan possible for each individual patient.
The following modalities can be used in isolation or combination to create a treatment plan that best fits a patients needs.
Examines how the human body digests, absorbs, metabolizes and excretes food substances which are necessary for optimal health. Clinical Nutrition involves managing the amount of nutrients in a patients diet to create a health energy balance.
Acupuncture is the use of very thin needles which are inserted into specific points along the body. This is done to achieve balance within the body and restore health. The practice of acupuncture has been around for over two thousand years and has proven to be very effective especially for pain relief and chronic illness.
A science that uses the the therapeutic properties of plants for the prevention and treatment of disease.
This includes the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders generally related to the nerves, muscles, bones and brain. This can be achieved with soft tissue work (including therapeutic massage), naturopathic manipulation of muscle, bone or the spine, hydrotherapy techniques, gentle electrical impulses, ultrasound, and exercise therapy.
Identifying and addressing all the areas that can cause stress on a persons body is an intergral part of naturopathic medicine.
Naturopathic doctors are trained to counsel patients on diet, lifestyle, specific stressors, exercise and occupational or environmental hazards.
This powerful system of medicine is more than 200 years old and is widely accepted in many countries. Homeopathic remedies are made from specific dilutions of plant, animal and mineral substances. When carefully matched to the patient they are able to affect the body’s “vital force” and to stimulate the body’s innate healing forces on both the physical and emotional levels, with few side effects. Some conditions that do not respond well to conventional medicine respond effectively to homeopathy.
Information for these descriptions were taken from the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).