Naturopathic Doctors prescribe a thorough treatment plan that is individualized for each patient. Each plan is targeted towards treating illness, improving quality of life and optimizing overall health. Treatment may consist of the following modalities:
Through lifestyle counseling, Naturopathic Doctors are able to help you to understand and practice the principles of healthy living, which take physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health into account. This includes addressing stress, promoting relaxation and mindfulness and facilitating communication. This is extremely important because there is a mind-body component to all forms of illness.
A balanced and nutritional diet is the cornerstone of health and wellbeing. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to help you develop a diet and discover specific nutrients that work for you and your biochemical makeup. This may include determining food sensitivities, digestive impairments, or nutrient imbalances that must be corrected for your body to run optimally. The use of food as medicine is a very powerful therapeutic tool that is fundamental to any great health plan.
Botanical medicine is the use of plants or plant extracts for their medicinal properties and nutritional value; an art that has been used for thousands of years. This therapy may take the form of teas, tinctures, ointments, essential oils or supplements. It is important to note that some botanicals can interfere with prescription medications or be unsafe at high doses. Therefore, a Naturopathic doctor is best suited to determine what combinations and doses are best and safe for you.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
TCM is a complete medical system that is based on identifying imbalances in the body and using acupuncture, herbs and lifestyle in order to bring the body back into balance. Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin needles into specific points on the body. These points correspond to internal organ systems and work to relieve pain, balance the nervous system, increase blood flow and promote healing. A Naturopathic Doctor will use TCM theory and acupuncture in order to bring the body into harmony.
Homeopathy is a therapy that uses minute amounts of a medicinal substance to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself on a physical and emotional level. Homeopathy is very gentle and therefore, particularly useful in infants, children and pregnant women.