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Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Vishaala Singh, ND

 

WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?

Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care profession with a patient-centred approach. It emphasizes prevention and using treatments that support the body’s natural ability to heal in order to help the patient achieve sustainable health and wellness.

 

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained to treat virtually all health concerns from acute to chronic, paediatric to geriatric and physical to psychological. NDs work with three main groups of people:

–     patients that are looking for disease prevention and health promotion

–     patients with a range of health concerns and no clear diagnosis

–     patients with chronic and severe illnesses

 

NATUROPATHIC TREATMENTS:

Naturopathic doctors utilize a full range of treatment options including: clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and hydrotherapy and physical medicine.

 

CLINICAL NUTRITION

Clinical nutrition and dietary counselling involves the therapeutic use of specific food and nutritional supplements to treat a variety of health concerns. Special diets, food elimination, variations in dietary habits, or the use of nutritional supplements may be recommended.

 

LIFESTYLE COUNSELLING

Naturopathic doctors address all aspects of a person’s life, identifying and addressing the impact that stress and life events have on a patient’s health and assisting patients to make effective lifestyle choices. There is a strong emphasis on the mind-body connection and it’s impact on health.

 

BOTANICAL MEDICINE

The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginning of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. The use of herbs in many forms are used: teas, tinctures or capsules. Naturopathic Doctors have extensive training in the use, dosing and interactions of plants for therapeutic benefit.

 

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture involves stimulating certain points on the body through the insertion of fine needles to activate the body’s healing response and optimize the flow of energy. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which relieve pain, reduce stress and enhance the immune system.

 

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

TCM is based on the belief that harmony between two opposing yet complementary forces, called yin and yang, supports health, and disease results from an imbalance between these forces. There is also the belief that the quality and balance of Qi, a vital energy that flows through the body, affects overall health.

 

HYDROTHERAPY AND PHYSICAL MEDICINE

Hydrotherapy involve alternating between hot and cold water to stimulate circulation and promote healing. It is effective in supporting the immune system, reducing pain and promoting the excretion of toxins. Physical medicine focuses on treating muscle and joint strains, arthritis and other types of pain using massage, muscle stretching/strengthening and manipulation of the spine and extremeties.

Call us at (905) 567-8535 to book your Naturopathic appointment.

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