Naturopathic medicine is a blend of modern scientific knowledge with natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic medicine focuses on treating the underlying causes of disease, not just the symptoms.
Who seeks naturopathic medicine?
1. People who want to prevent diseases and ensure a healthy lifestyle.
2. Patients who have a wide range of symptoms that can not be addressed medically.
3. Patients who have been diagnosed with an illness that are looking for alternative treatments to minimize side effects of drugs, surgery or conventional treatments.
Naturopathic Doctors must complete 3 years of pre medical sciences at a university. Then a 4 year full time program at an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine. Finally they have to pass the NPLEX board exams to become licensed.
Naturopaths treat both acute and chronic conditions; treatments might include diet and lifestyle changes, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation and traditional Chinese medicine / Acupuncture.
Clinical Nutrition: dietary modification and/or supplements to address food intolerances, deficiencies, dietary imbalance or nutritional excesses.
Botanical Medicine: medicinal plants and plant based substances are highly effective and safe in the right dose to treat various symptoms. Herbs can be prepared in tea, tinctures or capsules. Naturopathic Doctors are currently the only health care providers in Canada to be regulated for the use of botanical medicine.
Homeopathic Medicine: remedies made from specific dilutions of plant, animal and mineral substances. Some conditions that do not respond well to conventional medicine respond effectively to homeopathy.
Traditional Chinese Medicine/ Acupuncture: Using Eastern medicine and acupuncture to assist the body in restoring Chi or vital energy.
Prevention and Lifestyle Counselling: mental attitudes and emotional states are a part of healing and disease. Naturopaths can help through diet, lifestyle, addressing specific stresses, exercises, occupational and environmental hazards.
What kind of conditions:
-Skin conditions; eczema, psoriasis
-Urinary tract infections
-Irritable bowel syndrome
-Autoimmune disorders/rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma.
And much more