What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a primary care system that is based on the principle of treating the person as a whole. Using both conventional diagnostic procedures (physical examination, blood work, etc) as well as a variety of holistic treatment modalities, a Naturopathic physician works to determine the root cause of a person’s illness and develop a treatment plan catered to the individual needs of each patient.
Who Should See a Naturopathic Doctor?
At Vitality Clinic we encourage preventative medicine for all ages. Anyone from newborns to the elderly can benefit from being treated by a Naturopathic physician. Skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea), digestive disorders, anxiety & stress, immune disorders, chronic & acute pain, and hormone imbalances are just some of the conditions that can benefit from Naturopathic treatments.
What Diagnostic Tests Are Used by a Naturopathic Physician?
The following tests are available at Vitality Clinic:
- Hormone Testing (male & female, blood & saliva)
- Food Sensitivity Testing
- Complete Thyroid Panel (TSH, T4, T3, TPO, rT3)
- Full Laboratory Blood Work
- Body Composition (BIA)
What Treatment Options are Available?
Clinical Nutrition– dietary assessment and modification are used to lay the groundwork for improved health. Blood Typing and Food Sensitivity testing can be used to identify specific dietary needs. Further improvement may require supplementation with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, or other nutraceuticals.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine– acupuncture, herbs, and the energetics of food are used to restore balance and regulate the flow of Qi (energy) through the body’s meridian pathways. Constitutional acupuncture treatments are very helpful in treating fertility issues, sleep problems, stress, immune disorders, and seasonal allergies.
Pain Treatments– IMS (acupuncture, dry needling), microcurrent therapy (Elapromed), and gua sha are all used to treat both acute and chronic injuries. The combination of these treatments with chiropractic manipulation and massage therapy can quickly restore long-term skeletal muscle health and overall function.
Intravenous Therapy– Intravenous and intramuscular injections are used to introduce vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. This provides higher absorption than oral supplementation. These treatments are beneficial in treating chronic fatigue & stress, seasonal allergies, acute & chronic infection, PMS (cramps, mood change), and are also amazing adjuncts to sports performance and anti-aging programs.
Aesthetic Procedures– Elapromed Facial treatments use microcurrent technology to deliver 100% natural and organic products into the skin with no pain and no downtime. These natural facial treatments are excellent for treating acne & rosacea, hyperpigmentation, fine lines & wrinkles.
Pharmaceutical Medicine- Naturopathic doctors in BC are licensed to prescribe medications. In select cases drug therapy may be indicated for treatment. Some “natural” substances such as desiccated thyroid, some amino acids, high dose vitamins, and bioidentical hormones also fall under the category of prescription medication.