Modalities and Treatments
Botanical medicine, or phytotherapy, is a powerful and gentle form of medicine, that has been around as long life has inhabited the Earth. Botanicals were the first “drugs” used to treat any condition in humans and animals alike. Each plant has its own unique medicinal properties, provided to us straight from mother nature. Most modern pharmaceuticals are based on the medicinal action of a plant, however, they are only isolated, synthetic derivatives of the “active ingredient” within the plant. This single ingredient is widely known to produce unwanted side effects as a pharmaceutical drug, which in the long run may cause more harm than good. The side effects of the active ingredient still exists within the whole botanical plant, however, much like the human body, whole plants are a unique system of balance (homeostasis). With this active ingredient, the plant also contains ingredients specifically there to counteract these side effects, as well as other ingredients to enhance the action of the active ingredient. Other plants can also be implemented to enhance the positive action of the primary plant, while counteracting the side effects. Following the whole body approach of naturopathic medicine, botanicals are implemented in order to treat the root cause of the many health conditions. There are a wide variety of ways one could take a plant, such as alcohol, or aqueous-based tinctures, herbal teas, powdered capsules, and tablet forms. Naturopathic doctors are extensively trained in the use, dosage and type of botanicals, indicated for your condition.
The saying “you are what you eat” rings true in all aspects of health. The health of our body is dependent on what we feed it – our body is designed to pull out every single bit of nutritional content from food and utilize it for basic functioning. That being said, putting unhealthy foods provides our body with low quality fuel, causing our bodies to become deficient in numerous vitamins and minerals needed for daily functioning. These deficiencies manifest as symptoms people experience everyday, such as headaches, fatigue, poor sleep and poor immune functioning. My job is to find the root cause of these deficiencies, whether it be from deficiencies in the diet, or physiological causes, such as impaired absorption due to stomach or intestinal conditions Naturopathic doctors are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nutritionally-based conditions, and gastro-intestinal disorders. I provide patients with full dietary assessments and individualized treatments to optimize the nutritional capacity of your daily diet.
Musculoskeletal ailments are one of the most difficult concerns to live with. The pain from sports-related injuries are common in active and non-active individuals make it difficult to get through daily activities, leading to mental and emotional distress. Naturopathic medicine offers a number of different treatments to help alleviate pain, while finding and treating the root cause of the pain. We utilize all forms of our treatments, from supplements, soft tissue work, to acupuncture to help alleviate pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest forms of medicine to date. Its understanding of the human body and the disease process is based on thousands of years of clinical observation and is explained through flows of energy through each organ system. Many disease syndromes discovered through TCM theory parallel diseases discovered and explained by modern science today. Its principles revolve around the balance between the “Yin and Yang” of the organs; disease occurs when Yin and Yang are imbalanced. Naturopathic medical doctors are trained extensively to recognize imbalances between the organs, Liver, Heart, Spleen, Kidneys and Lungs (and their counterparts) through symptomology and thorough case-taking. Treatments are based upon the rebalancing of these organ systems to achieve optimal health. Acupuncture is a system that works both physically and energetically though the insertion of needles to specific points of the body. It has been used for centuries and works through promoting the flow of energy throughout the body. It can be useful in a number of conditions, such as sleep disorders, anxiety, digestive concerns, fatigue, fertility, and even the common cold. It is also useful in musculoskeletal health, from relieving minor muscle tension, to more serious conditions, such as sciatica and back pain.