Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine, is the use of plants for their therapeutic or medicinal value and is the oldest form of health care known to man. Naturopathic doctors are extensively trained in botanical medicine. Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic formulations are all used at the clinic. Only standardized, professional quality, botanical medicines are prescribed with many available in oral, suppository, and topical forms.
Nutrition and the therapeutic use of foods is a vital part of naturopathic medicine. Food intolerances, deficiencies, dietary imbalances or nutritional excesses have been associated with many medical conditions. A naturopathic doctor is trained to understand the impact that your diet is having on your health. Dietary modification and nutritional supplements may be used and catered to meet the unique health needs of every patient.
A toxin is any substance that creates irritating and/or harmful effects in the body; stressing and undermining one’s biochemical health and organ function. Toxins can come from by-products of normal cell metabolism or from the outside environment e.g. pollution, drugs, pesticides, dyes, colourings, microbes, heavy metals, tobacco smoke and so on. Toxicity occurs when we take in more than we can utilize and eliminate. The body’s built in detoxification apparatus include the respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, skin and lymphatic systems. Multitudes of symptoms are suggestive of toxin overload such as headaches, pains, bad breath, rashes, indigestion, frequent colds, mood changes and so on. Detoxification is the process of neutralizing or clearing toxins from the body. Detoxification is a pillar of naturopathic medical practice. Modified diets, cleansing botanical and homeopathic medicines, and chelation therapy are a few of the modalities used at the clinic.
The Bowen Technique is a “head to toe” physical treatment that promotes self-healing and benefits all ages and stages in life. Bowen treatments signal the body to eliminate inflammation and reset painful muscles, joints, nerves and tendons to their original blueprint of health. These techniques address pain, postural complaints, injuries and rebalancing of other systems and building parasympathetic tone.
The mental/emotional state is considered to be as important as the physical one. Altering one’s lifestyle, addressing long-standing issues and developing stress reduction strategies can help the healing process. Not only do we believe that “you are what you eat,” but even more importantly, “you are what eats you."
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
In the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. The main assumption in TCM is that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to the blockage of Chi (vital energy) flow. The Chi is carried along pathways known as meridians that lie just under the skin. These meridians nourish the organs with vital Chi and maintain overall balance in the body. A Naturopathic doctor will use Eastern herbs and acupuncture to regulate the flow of Chi and achieve balance. Acupuncture is the use of very thin needles which are inserted into specific meridian points.
Homeopathy is a medical system over 200 years old that utilizes microdoses of substances from the plant, mineral or animal kingdom to stimulate a person’s natural healing response. The underlying principle in homeopathy in the “law of similars”. This law states that a substance that produces a set of symptoms in a healthy person can cure the same set of symptoms when given in a small, infinitesimal dose. This is the same principle of allergy desensitization or immunization. There are thousands of homeopathically prepared medicines that have been tested, researched, and documented.