Naturopathic Medicine is the art and science of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease using natural therapies, with a focus on optimizing health and well being through individualized patient care and public education.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
1. Primum non nocere – Do no harm: effective health care with the least risk possible
2. Vis medicatrix naturae - Healing power of nature: respect and promote self-healing
3. Tolle causum -Treat the cause: identify and remove causes, avoid suppressing symptoms of disease
4. Docere - Doctor as teacher: educate patients, inspire, encourage self-responsibility
5. Treat the whole person: each person is unique with his/her own factors affecting health
6. Health promotion is the best prevention: well-being includes health individually, in the community and globally
Naturopathic Doctors complete an intensive four year program, after acquiring a Bachelors degree and the appropriate prerequisite courses.The ND curriculum includes more than 1,200 hours of clinical experience and involves more than 3,000 hours of classroom training.After writing comprehensive board exams, NDs are accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), the North American accrediting agency for naturopathic colleges and programs recognized by the US Department of Education.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained in a variety of treatment modalities to assist patients working towards their health goals. The following is a list of treatment options that your doctor may use to treat you.
Based upon the flow of chi (energy) through pathways in the body, acupuncture promotes energy flow to certain areas of the body in order to assist the body in healing itself.
The science of AK is based on the study of the body's vital energy (Chi) and biofield (electro-magnetic field) surrounding the body. AK is a form of muscle testing which allows the doctors to assess the functioning of the vital organs associated with various pathways & muscle groups. AK is also used in determining which foods, supplements and medicines will improve or impede a patient's health. In this manner, they ensure that all supplements prescribed to patients are beneficial. AK is also a quick and non-invasive method (no needles) to discover allergies of all kinds, parasites, candida, viruses, heavy metal poisoning, chemical toxicity, etc.
The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginning of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. Plant substances from around the world are used for their healing properties and nutritional value.
This Australian technique is a very gentle form of natural healing that empowers the body to heal itself. The work is natural, non-invasive and consists of a series of gentle, precise moves on specific muscles, ligaments and tendons that stimulate energy flow. Bowen has been shown to successfully address: back/hips, gynecological ailments, neck/shoulders/respiratory, ADHD, bedwetting, migraines/headaches, repetitive strain Injury, abnormal posture, frozen shoulder, lymphatic congestion, knee/ankle/hamstring and various other concerns. www.bowencollege.com
Clinical nutrition examines the relationship between diet & health. Special diets may be created for patients with treatments that include supplements such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutraceuticals.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on therapy that enhances the body’s self-correcting properties. The process will encourage the production of new cerebrospinal fluid, which lubricates the membranes of the spine and skull. CranioSacral Therapy may alleviate a range of conditions such as: migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, scoliosis, TMJ problems, tinnitus, stress and tension, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, infantile disorders, ADD/ADHD, chronic neck and back pain, etc. www.craniosacraltherapy.org
Homeopathy is a system of medicine developed in the eighteenth century by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Based on the principle of “like cures like”, homeopathy uses minute amounts of natural substances to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. The medicines are made from plant, animal or mineral products, which are so diluted that there is no chance of toxicity.
IV / Parenteral Therapy
Parenteral Therapy can be defined as substances that are given directly and absorbed into the circulatory system. They will by-pass the gastrointestinal tract and liver, thereby increasing the absorption of the substances. The therapy can be delivered by intravenous (in a vein), intramuscular (in a muscle), or subcutaneous (under the skin). Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and homeopathics are easily, safely and effectively delivered to the body. Parenteral Therapy is a way for individuals with compromised intestinal absorption or digestive issues (cancer, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, etc.) to have 100% absorption of the nutrients delivered. This can be much more effective than conventional oral administration (by mouth). As well, Parenteral Therapy enables rapid delivery of higher concentrations of medicines that may otherwise not be possible by oral means.
Naturopathic manipulation is the gentle movement of bone and soft tissue. The intention is to correct structural and/or postural imbalance or pathology. This includes active and passive manipulation of the spine, rib cage and extremities.
Prolotherapy is a therapy used to treat joint and muscle pain. It is sometimes called regenerative injection therapy or proliferation therapy. Prolotherapy involves injecting a sugar, saline and/or vitamins, into the sore joint or muscle, acting as an irritant. Your body recognizes the irritant and sends immune cells and other chemicals to the area, which starts your body’s natural healing process. This process is meant to help repair any damaged soft tissue in your joint or muscle, including the surrounding nerves and blood vessels.
The injection changes the fluid pressure and causes local cells in the area to burst, which triggers the healing process.
The injection attracts immune cells and inflammation chemicals to the area.
The injection causes scarring where the collagen is broken down.
The injection causes irritation to cells in a confined area by drying them out.
This process is said to cause inflammation and stimulate your body to heal, and will often ease pain.
Prolotherapy might be helpful for people who:
Have a tendon injury
Have a sports injury