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What Is Naturopathy?

Naturopathic Doctors provide treatment for any number of conditions. However, what we truly excel at is preventative wellness and individualized medicine. For this reason, I often tell my patients that I’m not in the business of treating symptoms and conditions – I’m in the business of treating individuals and returning organ systems to normal functioning.

Most patients come to see me because they have an existing health concern they’d like addressed. But there’s no need to wait for an illness or condition to arise prior to seeking care. In fact, Naturopathy at its best focuses on prevention and health promotion. My goal with patients is to form long term relationships – at first resolving concerns, and then progressing to preventative wellness.

Naturopathic Medicine integrates clinical medical sciences and research (evidence-based medicine) with traditional healing and natural therapies, in a comprehensive and holistic manner. The many therapies currently included within the scope of practice of Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario include:

Clinical Nutrition
Botanical (herbal) Medicine
Homeopathy
Drainage & Detoxification
Traditional Asian Medicine & Acupuncture
Counseling & Stress Management
Hydrotherapy & Physical Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine has its roots in 19th century Europe as a system of “Nature Cure” employing hydrotherapy (water), herbs, proper diet, fresh air, sunshine and exercise as treatment. These frequently overlooked basics are still the cornerstones of Naturopathy.

The Principles of Naturopathy are:

  • first, do no harm
  • co-operate with the healing power of nature
  • address the fundamental cause of disease
  • heal the whole person through individualized treatment
  • teach the principles of healthy living & preventative medicine

 

The focus of Naturopathic Medicine is on the prevention of disease, patient education and stimulation of the vis medicatrix naturae – or the “healing power of nature.” The vis includes the body’s innate natural ability to heal, and the ability to heal using natural medicines and wisdoms observed in nature.

Therefore, Naturopathic Medicine seeks to support and stimulate your own powerful mechanisms for healing, by:

  • Providing the raw materials and tools necessary for optimal function (healthy diet, lifestyle and attitude)
  • Removing any obstacles to cure and preventative wellness (unhealthy diet, lifestyle and attitude)
  • Gently redirecting the individual towards balance and normal physiological and biochemical function (through the use of supportive naturopathic therapies)

 

Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario are licensed health care professionals, providing assessment, diagnoses and treatment based on each individual’s complete set of symptoms, medical history, family history, environmental exposures and experiences. Accordingly, no two patients will have an identical approach to treatment.

Cooperation with MDs

We are always able to provide either primary or supportive care to our patients, and work in cooperation with conventional medical doctors or other allied health care professionals.

Safety First

ND’s always put safety first:

  • we’re trained in pharmacology
  • we have expertise in drug interactions with nutrients, herbs and other natural health products
  • we safely provide care to those on existing prescription medications
  • we will not tell you to stop a therapy or medication prescribed to you
  • but we WILL provide you with information about all options, so that you can make informed decisions about your health and your care.

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.
- Isak Dinesen