What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a primary care system that is based on the principle of finding and treating the nature of disease. A naturopath at Vitality Clinic works toward the individual treatment of a person as a whole, incorporating physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health to diagnose and develop individualized treatment plans. Using conventional diagnostic procedures (physical examination, lab work, and urinalysis) as well as a variety of treatment modalities, a Naturopathic physician is able to determine the root cause of a person’s illness and develop a treatment plan according to the individual needs of each patient.
Reasons to Seek Out A Naturopath
Anyone from newborns to the elderly can benefit from being treated by a Naturopath. At Vitality Clinic we encourage preventative medicine for all ages. Skin conditions, digestive disorders, anxiety and stress, detoxification, smoking cessation, chronic and acute pain, food Allergies and hormone Imbalances are just some of the conditions that can benefit from naturopathic treatments. Getting general health advice for children, teens or adults is part of achieving optimal health.
What Diagnostic Tests Are Used by a Naturopath?
The following tests are available at Vitality Clinic:
- Hormone Testing (male, female and cortisol)
- Food Allergy Testing
- Heavy Metal Testing
- Full Laboratory Blood Work
- Pregnancy Testing
- Naturopathic Modalities
Clinical Nutrition- Dietary assessment and modification are used to lay the groundwork for improved health. Further improvement may require supplementation with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, or other nutraceuticals.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine- Based on ancient philosophy, acupuncture, herbs, and the energetics of foods, are used to restore balance and regulate the flow of Qi (energy) through the body’s meridian pathways.
Botanical Medicine- Plants have been used for centuries for their powerful healing properties, and many are the origin of modern pharmaceuticals. Plants used in their whole form, both individually and in combinations, aid the body in recovering from injury and disease.
Homeopathy- An energy based system of medicine developed in the 1700s rooted in the principle of “like cures like”. Minute amounts of plant, animal, and mineral substances are used to promote healing and prevention.
Lifestyle Counselling- Health is affected by physical, emotional, nutritional, and environmental influences. NDs help patients make positive lifestyle choices and offer strategies to cope with life’s stresses.
Physical Medicine- Intramuscular stimulation (IMS), with or without electrical stimulation, is a useful tool in the management of muscular trigger points, or improperly firing muscle groups. This type of acupuncture is an extremely useful adjunct to chiropractic manipulation and massage therapy as it assists the body in maintaining long-term skeletal muscle health, while promoting joint stability.
Intravenous Therapy– IV administration is an incredibly efficient way to increase serum levels of essential micronutrients. The Meyer’s cocktail, originally developed by the late Dr. John Myers MD, and researched clinically by Dr. Alan Gaby MD, is an IV formula containing calcium, magnesium, b vitamins and vitamins C. This formula has proven extremely beneficial in treating chronic fatigue, acute and chronic infection, fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory infections, asthma, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis and cardiovascular disease, among other disorders. The formula is offered as either a IV drip or push, and is relatively quick and simple to administer.