What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a unique primary health care system that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural medicine. It is based on the healing power of nature and the ability of the body to heal itself when supported and stimulated.
Our bodies have a tremendous ability to heal, usually without medical or drug intervention— if given a chance. In fact, 70 to 90% of all diseases are self-limiting, that is, the body will heal itself without intervention. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate this innate healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease.
Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.
Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient– their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine (herbs), clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, may also be used during treatments.
In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited
educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, participation in many federal health committee initiatives, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research.
For more information on Naturopathic Medicine and the education and training Naturopathic Doctors receive, please visit the following websites:
~ Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
~ Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors
~ Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
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Who can benefit?
Those who are looking for overall health promotion & disease prevention and/or any of the following (but not limited to):
Reproductive: Male & Female Sexual Function, Male and Female Fertility, Endometriosis, PCOS, Painful Periods, Fibroids, Hormonal Imbalance, Menopause, Cervical Dysplasia support, Prostate Health, Prenatal & Natal care/counseling.
Endocrine: Hyper & Hypothyroidism, Diabetes, Adrenals.
Urinary: Kidney & urinary support, Interstitial Cystitis & Overactive Bladder, BPH, Bedwetting, Incontinence.
Musculoskeletal: Rheumatoid & Osteoarthritis, Pain Management, Plantar Fasciitis, Sports related injuries.
Cardiovascular: High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Low Blood Pressure, Varicose Veins, Arrhythmias, CHF & Cardiac Support.
Respiratory: Asthma, COPD, Sleep Apnea, Smoking Cessation.
Mental Health: Anxiety/depression, Bipolar, Eating Disorders, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Substance Use, Smoking Cessation, ADD/ADHD.
Neurological/Developmental: Nerve Compression, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Autism Spectrum.
Digestive System: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gas & Bloating, Hemorrhoids, Diarrhea, Constipation, Food Sensitivities, Heartburn, Gallbladder Issues, Nutritional Deficiencies.
Acute Care: Acute colds/flu, Sinusitis, Minor Infections and Bladder Infections, Gynecological Infections,
Hair/Skin/Nails: Abnormal Hair Loss/Growth, Brittle Hair/Nails, Acne, Athletes Foot, Psoriasis, Eczema, Allergic Dermatitis, Folliculitis, Other Fungal infections.
Immune System: HIV/AIDS support, Autoimmune Conditions, Complementary Cancer and Recovery Support, Immune Boosting, Allergies, Other chronic infections.
General Wellness: Pediatric to Geriatric Care, Family Care, Well Child Checks, Developmental Delays, Weight Management, Immune Function, Dietary Counseling, Anti-Aging Strategies, Pre and post surgery support .