What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine provides a different lens through which to view your health concerns. It is a wellness based model of health care that aims to support people to thrive rather than just survive. 

Naturopathic medicine is an integrative and holistic approach to primary health care that combines the latest scientific knowledge with traditional and natural remedies. 

Utilizing a diverse set of treatment tools including clinical nutrition, IV and injection therapies, herbal medicine, and lifestyle counselling, naturopathic doctors offer personalized medicine in order to address your health concerns in the most effective way.

Rather than simply Health vs. Disease, health is viewed on a spectrum with symptoms seen as warning signs of improper functioning. Carefully selected interventions are then aimed at returning the body to optimal function—rather than just covering up the symptoms. 

Naturopathic medicine provides safe and effective treatments that can address both acute and chronic issues in a minimally invasive and non-surgical way. Naturopathic therapies are backed by scientific, clinical, and traditional evidence and are aimed at supporting and restoring the body to its normal working function.  

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

First, do no harm - minimize the risks of treatment.

Identify and treat the cause - determine the underlying cause of the disease rather than just address the symptoms.

Doctor as teacher - assist the patient in understanding their bodies and what treatments are available to them.

Treat the whole person - each person is unique and requires individualized treatment.

Prevention - a proactive and preventative approach to healthcare to decrease the risk of developing disease.

The healing power of nature and the body - support and restore the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Benefits of Naturopathic Care

Some of the main benefits of naturopathic care include optimizing health and performance, and preventing and managing chronic disease. 

Good health underlies our ability to function optimally. Whether it be increased productivity at work, a boost in your athletic performance or just having the energy to do what you love, naturopathic doctors can help provide the foundation to achieve your life goals.

Naturopathic doctors provide a global approach. Because of their training and the time spent with each patient, naturopathic doctors are uniquely suited to get to know each person and uncover the root of the issue. Symptoms are viewed as warning signs of improper function and rather than just managing them with medication naturopathic doctors work to identify and address the underlying cause.  

You don’t have to get sick before you do something about it. Many chronic and debilitating diseases—diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers etc.—have a significant lifestyle component. Illness and burn-out can lead to lost productivity and earning potential as well as a decreased ability to enjoy your free-time with friends and family. With a primary focus on prevention, naturopathic medicine is perfectly placed to address potential health concerns before they become a problem. 

What can Naturopathic Medicine treat?

Naturopathic doctors are primary care providers and treat a variety of conditions in a general practice setting. 

Some common conditions that naturopathic doctors treat are—but not limited to—the following:

  • Acne and other skin conditions
  • Allergies/Hayfever
  • Anxiety/Depression 
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive issues - IBS, IBD, reflux, SIBO etc. 
  • Fatigue
  • Healthy Aging
  • Heart disease, hypertension and other cardiovascular conditions
  • Hormone imbalance - PMS, menopause etc. 
  • Hypothyroid
  • Hypertension
  • Immune support
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Men’s Health
  • Pregnancy support
  • Pain management
  • Stress
  • Surgical recovery and wound healing
  • Women’s Health
  • And much more…

Naturopathic Services and Testing

The following testing is available:

  • SIBO Testing (Quintron 3 hour lactulose breath test) 
  • Food sensitivity testing
  • Hormone assessment - Including thyroid, sex hormones, cortisol and more. 
  • Micronutrient Testing 
  • Allergy scratch testing

The following services are also available:

  • Nutrional Supplementation - Targeted nutrients to replace, replete and repair the body from pathological and everyday challenges. 
  • Botanical Medicine - Safe and effetive use of plant medicines based on traditional knowledge and modern scientific study. 
  • IV Nutrient TherapyAdministering nutrients directly to the blood stream and bypassing the digestive system, supporting the body's ability to heal, resist stress, recover, and promote general well-being.
  • Regenerative Injection Therapy including Prolotherapy -a safe, non-surgical option for pain, arthritis, and injuries 
  • B12 injections and Allergy, Adrenal, and Immune boosting Injections
  • Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)Allergy desensitization therapy. 

Naturopathic education

Naturopathic doctors undergo exhaustive graduate-level training in the biomedical sciences and natural medicines. They begin their training with similar undergraduate education as conventional medical students. Applicants must have a four-year bachelor degree including specific pre-medical pre-requisites and a competitive grade point average in order to be considered for naturopathic medical school. 

Naturopathic medical training consists of a four-year post-graduate program. The first two years are based in basic medical sciences; anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology etc. and are comparable to conventional medical education in both subjects and hours of training.

In addition, naturopathic students study therapeutic modalities including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, and counseling. In the 3rd and 4th years, along with advanced courses in naturopathic modalities, students undergo 1500 hours of clinical training during which students see patients under the supervision of a licensed naturopathic doctor in a family practice clinical setting.

Naturopathic vs Conventional Comparison

You should see a Naturopathic Doctor if:

Naturopathic medicine treats a wide array of health concerns across the life span—from acute to chronic and pediatric to geriatric. 

Three types of people generally choose to work with a naturopathic doctor.

  1. Those who are looking for a disease prevention and health promotion style of health care.  People that understand that health is an active event and doesn’t just happen by chance. Those that want to optimize their health and performance; to thrive rather than merely survive. 
  2. Those who have been unable to find adequate answers for their concerns on their own or with other practitioners. Through their understanding of the interrelationship between health, diet, lifestyle and the environment, naturopathic doctors are often able to offer a new perspective and approach to their patient's concerns. 
  3. Those looking for alternative or supportive treatments to a diagnosed condition. Naturopathic medicine is used extensively to improve quality of life, minimize side effects of medication, and improve recovery from surgery or other procedures.