Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that uses traditional forms of natural medicine knowledge alongside modern scientific evidence based medicine. Naturopathy is a licensed healthcare profession in North America and we are legally recognized as primary care physicians.
Naturopathy uses natural therapeutics to identify and treat the root cause of diseases, not simply treating the symptoms. Clinical evidence, peer-reviewed clinical research trials and scientific literature on natural therapies are used to support treatment decisions. I combine this approach along with traditional medicine uses. Find out more about naturopathic education and training here.
The use of natural therapies as medicine is an ancient concept of applying the laws and materials of nature to heal illness.
Naturopathy originated in Europe in the 1600's and was brought to North America in the late 1800's. At its roots naturopathy uses traditional and Indigenous medicines such as botanicals, herbal medicine, acupuncture, food, exercise, and water therapies that have been used for thousands of years to heal by our ancestors.
This medicine is an eclectic practice of healthcare that integrates a variety of natural treatment methods and is unified by core underlying philosophy and principles.
Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention of disease and optimizing wellness through health promotion, patient education and holistic systems of care.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
Identify and Treat the Causes
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
Doctor as Teacher
Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
First Do No Harm
Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
Treat the Whole Person
View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
People have always co-existed with the plant kingdom, and all cultures throughout time have depended on plants for healing. Our bodies have evolved alongside herbs to use the healing properties of plants.
Herbal medicine uses plant based medicinal plants such as botanical tinctures and teas to treat the underlying cause of disease and to maintain optimal health and well-being.
Homeopathy is a 200-year old medical system that uses highly diluted amounts of substances derived from plants, animals and minerals to treat disease. Homeopathy gently stimulates the body’s own natural healing abilities to heal disease and restore health balance.
Homeopathy is a deep acting, safe and effective modality that is particularly effective for mental health concerns such as anxiety, ADD/ADHD, depression, insomnia, as well as physical ailments such as chronic fatigue, migraines, menstrual disorders, arthritis, and many other disorders,
Lifestyle and dietary counselling is a safe and exploratory process to empower individuals to create positive self-awareness, dietary and lifestyle changes, and decisions that increase health and honor the self.
Hippocrates once said “Let Food Be Thy Medicine!” Nature’s medicine cabinet can be found in many of our foods. Clinical nutrition is the practice of using healthy foods and eating habits to provide optimal nutrition for the prevention and treatment of illness.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture uses needles inserted into energetic pathways on the body called meridians to stimulate Qi flow and remove energy blockages, regulate energetic and physiological processes, and release beneficial compounds into the body.
Acupuncture is used to treat many different diseases and disorders such as arthritis, headaches, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, respiratory disorders, skin problems and digestive disorders.
Nutraceuticals, also known as supplementation, uses dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids to add nutrients into the diet to overcome nutritional deficiencies and issues with nutrient absorption or metabolism.
We can work together to explore different natural medicine options and address those health issues that have been a burden for so long. Naturopathy offers gentle and effective treatments that can help you reach your health goals.