Naturopathic medicine is a distinct profession of primary health care that emphasizes the prevention, treatment and promotion of optimal health and wellbeing by using natural therapies that encourage the body's innate ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine plays an important role in integrative health care, and treatments can be used on their own or together with conventional medicine.
It is a Naturopathic doctor's duty to first, do no harm, cooperate with the healing powers of nature, address the fundamental causes of disease, heal the whole person through individualized treatment and teat the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.
Naturopathic doctors are trained in prevention as well as management/treatment of a wide range of conditions. Naturopathic medicine can be an excellent compliment to an already established treatment plan (ex. medications, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment) as well as an effective approach to prevention of various health concerns and diseases. Naturopathic doctors are trained to look at the whole person and not just one concern. By creating an encompassing treatment plan, not only is a patient benefitting from remission of a primary symptom, but also a finer quality of life for years to come.
Education and Training
Naturopathic doctors are highly educated primary care providers with extensive training in a number of modalities. Naturopathic medical students complete a four-year full-time program after graduating from a university undergraduate program. The naturopathic medical program encompasses basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics and 1200 hours of supervised clinical experience. Graduates must pass two sets of licensing board exams and maintain ongoing continuing education.
Common Conditions a Naturopathic Doctor Manages
- Digestive complaints (ex. GERD, IBS, IBD, constipation and diarrhea, food intolerances)
- Stress management
- Respiratory complaints (ex. allergies, asthma, colds and flus)
- Depression and anxiety
- Cognitive decline and dementia
- Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
- Hormone concerns (ex. infertility, menstrual complaints, menopause, thyroid conditions)
- Pain management (ex. arthritis, sports injuries)
- Cardiovascular diseases (ex. hypertension, dyslipidemia)
- Autoimmune conditions (ex. Hashimoto's thyroiditis, SLE, ALS, MS)
- Skin conditions (ex. acne, rosacea, eczema, rashes, psoriasis)
What to Expect
An initial visit runs about 60 minutes in length, with follow up visits running 20-30 minutes. Naturopathic visits are designed to allow time to establish a detailed understanding of the patient's history, contributing factors, current health status and treatment progress. They include physical exams, laboratory and diagnostic testing as needed, and treatments.
Initial visit (45-60 mins) - $170
Initial pediatric/student visit (45-60 mins) - $160
Follow-up visit (20-30 mins) - $85
Please note there are additional fees involved with infusion or injection services as well as any relevant laboratory or diagnostic testing.
Most extended health care plans cover naturopathic medical services. Check with your provider to see how much you are covered for.
Naturopathic Services Can Include
Diet & Lifestyle Changes
Making smart and healthful dietary and lifestyle changes are the cornerstone of any naturopathic treatment plan. This may include basic exercise programs, diet diaries and further dietary discussion targeted to get you feeling better now and long into the future.
Used when necessary, we only use the highest quality professional, well-researched and targeted supplements. Oral supplements can come in the form of powder, liquid or capsule. Sometimes products will be used topically, as in the case for skin conditions.
Normally, cells in the gastrointestinal tract facilitate the absorption of nutrients. But with infusion nutrient therapy, nutrients are infused directly into the blood stream. Infusion therapy is an excellent way of increasing serum concentrations of various key nutrients, which helps to provide a window of opportunity for cells to take up these nutrients against a smaller concentration gradient. Various nutrients have been shown to exhibit pharmacological effects, which are largely dependent on the concentration of the nutrient usually at a serum level unattainable by oral supplementation.
Infusion therapy is relatively new in the literature. Dr. John Myers MD, of whom the Myers’ cocktail is coined from, began treating patients for a vast array of health conditions, from fatigue to acute infections to migraines to depression. This injectable cocktail consisted of a combination of nutrients including vitamins B6, B12, magnesium and vitamin C. Dr. Alan Gaby MD carried on infusion therapy and was said to have administered over 15 000 infusions of the Myers’ cocktail over his clinical career. Today, there is a growing amount of evidence that supports the use of infusion therapy for many health conditions.
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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
PRP injections have been utilized in both musculoskeletal conditions as well as aesthetic medicine and are used to help stimulate the body’s natural healing process as well as rejuvenate tissues. PRP is extracted directly from your own blood and is an excellent source of concentrated platelets. Apart from assisting blood clotting, platelets also release growth factors that support the body in repairing itself by stimulating cells to regenerate new tissue. PRP injections have been sighted in the literature as an efficacious treatment for various conditions - from joint degeneration to hair loss to acne scarring.
An acupuncture visit involves the use of small, disposable, sterile needles that are inserted into the musculature of the body. A combination of Asian medicine point location as well as trigger point needling is commonly utilized during treatment, depending on the condition or concern being worked on.
Testing services offered at the clinic include but are not limited to:
- IgG Food Allergy Testing Panel
- Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
- Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis with Parasitology
- Organic Acids Test
- Urine Steroid Hormones Test
- Environmental Pollutants Profile