A comprehensive medicine that combines the wisdom of tradition with the strength of modern medical research, Naturopathic medicine strives to improve health without drugs or surgery.
Since Naturopathic doctors (NDs) take into account the individual when assessing, diagnosing and treating patients, the specific therapies applied vary from person to person. The modalities used include:
Nutrition: “You are what you eat” is an old adage that holds true in today’s changing environment. By analyzing your diet, NDs are trained to address areas of deficiency and to find simple, sustainable ways to improve your energy and overall health. By utilizing foods, herbs and supplements you’ll discover how wonderful you can feel when you feed your body what it really wants.
Herbal medicine: Using fresh and dried plants and plant extracts, we aid the body in adapting to an ever-changing environment. Prescribed correctly, botanical medicines can restore balance and promote lasting health.
Homeopathic medicine: Using small quantities of substances, homeopathic remedies work on the subtle energetic level to impact not only the physical, but mental and psychological aspects of health as well. Homeopathy helps the body to recognize old patterns that are not working anymore and to target areas that are preventing you from achieving optimal health. Subtle and gentle, this form of medicine has the power to induce long-lasting change and is well-suited all walks of life, including pregnant women and babies.
Traditional Chinese Medicine: Developed through thousands of years of experience, TCM combines the use of acupuncture, acupressure and herbal medicine to address physical and mental patterns of disharmony. Moving vital energy or Qi around the body aids in achieving balance and health in not only acute, but chronic ailments as well.
Counselling: Naturopathic Doctors recognize that the origin of many physical ailments often lies in the mental or spiritual realm. Only through understanding thoughts and emotions can the true picture of an individual be realized and a comprehensive treatment plan developed. It is important to note however, that although NDs are trained in active listening, there is no substitute for qualified mental health professionals when more in-depth treatment is warranted.
Naturopathic doctors undergo at least 7 years of extensive academic and clinical training and must be licensed by their provincial regulatory board. At the Hillcrest Centre for Health we provide you with an alternative approach to health care focusing on the root cause of illness and not just the symptoms. We welcome those looking to improve their health, those concerned with preventative medicine and those looking to expand their current medical team.
Take advantage of our complimentary 15 minute consult to find out if Naturopathic medicine is right for you.