What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a primary care system that is based on the principle of finding and treating the nature of disease. Naturopathic physicians work toward the individual treatment of a person as a whole, incorporating physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health to diagnose and develop individualized treatment plans. Using conventional diagnostic procedures (physical examination, lab work, and urinalysis) as well as a variety of treatment modalities, a Naturopathic physician is able to determine the root cause of a person’s illness and develop a treatment plan according to the individual needs of each patient. Naturopathic medicine is based on the following principles:
Prima non nocere: First, do no harm.
Vis medicatrix naturae: The inherent capacity of the body to heal
Tollum causum: Treat the cause.
Tollum Totem: Treat the whole person.
Docere: The Doctor as a Teacher
Prevention: Prevention is the best cure
Who Should See A Naturopathic Physician?
Anyone from newborns to the elderly can benefit from Naturopathic Medicine. At Vitality Clinic we encourage preventative medicine for all ages. Skin conditions, digestive disorders, anxiety and stress, detoxification, smoking cessation, chronic and acute pain, food Allergies and hormone Imbalances are just some of the conditions that can benefit from naturopathic treatments. Getting general health advice for children, teens or adults is part of achieving optimal health.
What You Can Expect on Your Visits with a Naturopath?
The initial consultation is a thorough intake which covers your chief concern(s), medical and family history, general lifestyle and diet, exposure to environmental hazards, stress levels, personal goals etc. In order to have a complete assessment, a complaint-oriented physical may also be included. This visit takes approximately one hour and will require that some forms be filled out beforehand. These can be downloaded from the website, emailed or faxed ahead of time to shorten the time you are in the office.
Generally treatment does not start on this visit, unless it is an acute situation. Subsequent visits will be determined according to the best treatment options for you.
What Are the Costs Involved?
Because Naturopathic Medicine is not usually covered by Medical Services Plan, NDs have to charge for the visits. Most extended health policies will cover a portion of the expenses. The cost for visits depends on the treatment modalities chosen.
What Diagnostic Tests Are Used by Naturopathic Doctors?
The following tests are available at Vitality Clinic:
- Hormone Testing (male, female and cortisol)
- Food Allergy Testing
- Heavy Metal Testing
- Full Laboratory Blood Work
- Pregnancy Testing
Dietary assessment and modification are used to lay the groundwork for improved health. Further improvement may require supplementation with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, or other nutraceuticals.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Plants have been used for centuries for their powerful healing properties, and many are the origin of modern pharmaceuticals. Plants used in their whole form, both individually and in combinations, aid the body in recovering from injury and disease.
An energy based system of medicine developed in the 1700s rooted in the principle of "like cures like". Minute amounts of plant, animal, and mineral substances are used to promote healing and prevention.
Health is affected by physical, emotional, nutritional, and environmental influences. NDs help patients make positive lifestyle choices and offer strategies to cope with life’s stresses.
The Bowen technique is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that is quickly gaining recognition in health care worldwide. For more than 40 years it has been used successfully to treat thousands of people suffering from a variety of illnesses. Read more about the Bowen Technique here.
Prolotherapy – Pain Relief without Medication or Surgery
Prolotherapy is gaining recognition all over the world for its healing ability and pain relief. It is a simple, natural technique that stimulates the body to repair the painful area when the natural healing process needs a little assistance. In most cases, commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory medications and more drastic measures like surgery and joint replacement may not help, and often hinder or even prevent the healing process. The basic mechanism of Prolotherapy is simple. A substance is injected into the affected ligaments or tendons, which leads to local inflammation. The localized inflammation triggers a wound healing cascade, resulting in the deposition of new collagen, the material that ligaments and tendons are made of.
Read more information about prolotherapy here.