Treatment with Naturopathic Medicine


What is Naturophatic Medicine?

Naturopathic Doctors integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. They are highly trained primary and adjunctive health care providers whose primary goal is to address the cause of a patient’s illness, instead of suppressing or treating merely the symptoms. They can diagnose and treat many different diseases and frequently refer and consult with other health care specialist colleagues, where necessary, in order to devise a personalized restorative or preventativetreatment regime that varies according to the condition of each patient.

 

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) make a point of getting to know and understand each patient individually. Their philosophy is based on their intrinsic belief in nature’s own healing powers. Just like traditional Chinese medicine, Naturopaths recognize that given the right conditions the body can heal itself, and that careful and controlled use of natural substances can stimulate and support the body in this self –healing process.

 

Types of Treatment Used by Naturopaths

Among the many different types of natural remedies and therapies that a Naturopathic Doctor may turn to are:

  • Herbal/Botanical Medicine
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Homeopathic Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutrition and Dietary Counseling
  • Physical Medicine (soft tissue manipulation, hydrotherapy, etc.)
  • Lifestyle Counseling

Conditions

There are no limits to the conditions that Naturopathic Doctors can treat and this branch of medicine can be useful to all patients no matter what they are suffering. Among the most frequent conditions treated are:Weight Management

  • Allergies
  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Asthma
  • Heart Disease (cholesterol, high blood pressure, angina,diabetes)
  • Women’s issues (PMS, menstrual problems, infertility, breast diseases,fibroids, endometriosis)
  • Joint Disorders (arthritis, rheumatism)
  • Bone disorders (osteoporosis)
  • Digestive Problems (constipation, ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s,acid reflux, IBS)
  • Pain relief and management
  • Skin complaints (rashes, acne,eczema, and psoriasis)
  • Immune system disorder (chronic infections, flu, common colds,autoimmune diseases)
  • Mental health problems (anxiety, depression, stress management, addiction)
  • Pregnancy (counseling prior to conception, pre-natal care, post-natal care)

Naturopathic Training & Licensing

Naturopathic doctors have to follow a three year program of pre-medical sciences (undergraduate) followed by four years of medical school of which one year is spent as an intern. Just like regular doctors, Naturopathic doctors have to pass board examinations, including the standard North American Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exams (NPLEX) and a separate board examination for Ontario. In Ontario, the Drugless Practitioner's Act regulates Naturopathic Doctors who have to licensed to practice by Ontario's Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy–Naturopathy.Although the Ontario Health Insurance Program does not cover Naturopathic doctors, their treatments are usually covered under the majority of alternative extended health insurance plans.

 

We will be pleased to answer any of your questions about the Naturopathic services offered at our Best of Chinese Medicine Clinic in Toronto. You can contact us by phone of via our Naturopathic Doctor's website: www.restorativemedicine.ca