Naturopathic Treatment Methods
The range of modalities allows Naturopathic Doctors to develop treatment plans that address not only the physical aspect of a person, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. The naturopathic therapies are all based on the same principles, they all assist the body’s healing response, and they are often more effective when combined.
Nutrition and the therapeutic use of foods is a cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. Food intolerances, sensitivities, allergies, deficiencies, dietary imbalances or nutritional excesses have been associated with many medical conditions. Given the individuality of patients’ genetic disposition and the interaction of the environment, sometimes the universal recommended dietary allowances of nutrients could be inadequate. Disease can result when the balance among all of the foods and nutrients we take in or avoid is disrupted. Health can be restored once you begin to take in a proper essential balance of foods and nutrients – vitamins and minerals.
Medicinal plants have been, and will continue to be a valuable part of health care. These plants and plant substances are highly effective and safe in the right dosages and when used correctly with other herbs and treatments. Botanical medicine is the use of plants individually and/or in combinations as capsules, loose herbs, teas, tinctures, poultices and salves for a variety of conditions.
This powerful system of medicine is more than 200 years old. Homeopathic remedies are made from specific dilutions of plant, animal and mineral substances in minute doses to strengthen the body’s own ability to fight the disease and restore the body to its balance. The body has a vital force that is capable of powerful healing. The long term outcome results in a stronger more balanced person who is less susceptible to illness.
The key principle that defines and connects all of asian medicine is that of Chi, or vital energy. The chi of all organs must be in balance, neither too active nor too dormant, for a person to be healthy. The chi of the body’s organs and systems are all connected in meridians or channels that lie just under the skin. Through integrating assessment tools of tongue and pulse diagnosis, the Naturopathic Doctor will incorporate treatments of acupuncture, acupressure, diet, massage and asian herbs and foods.
Physical medicine offers treatments for many different health conditions. Treatments include soft tissue work, therapeutic massage, manipulation of muscles, bones or the spine, hydrotherapy techniques, gentle electrical impulses, ultrasound, heat therapy (diathermy), cross friction massage, active/passive range of motion tests, applied kinesiology, strength training and exercise therapy.
Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements in healing and disease. Addressing all aspects of a person’s life, identifying and addressing the impact that stress and life events have on a patient’s health is an important aspect of naturopathic treatment.
Other Advanced Natural
& Bioenergetic Therapies
The use of naturopathic therapies varies by practitioner and by province. Some Naturopathic Doctors will have additional training in other advanced therapies and bioenergetic techniques.
Auricular Medicine is an energetic reflex system in which the pulse and electromagnetic frequencies are used to identify points on the ear that can indicate the location of specific imbalances within the body. Auricular medicine is a specialized technique in the field of Bioenergetic Medicine. Dr. Sharma and Dr. Jamal use auricular medicine as their key diagnostic and therapeutic tool. They work with their patients to stimulate self-healing through assessment of the disease state, prevention of disease, and evaluation of a patient’s current state of health. Individualized naturopathic treatment plans are given and modified that are in harmony with the patient’s own self healing processes and cellular requirements on various layers of health.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that is very therapeutic. It is administered by the “laying of healing hands” and is based on the idea that vital energy flows through us and allows us to be alive. If one’s vital energy is low, then they are more likely to become ill, and if it is high, they are more capable of being healthy and happy. Reiki treats the whole person including body, mind, emotions and spirit creating many beneficial effects. It boosts energy, stamina, vitality, immunity, rejuvenation, and longevity. It is a simple, natural and safe method of healing and self-improvement for all ages.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although not covered by O.H.I.P., many extended healthcare plans provide coverage for naturopathic treatments and acupuncture performed by a naturopathic doctor. Contact your extended healthcare provider to determine if your benefits package includes naturopathic medicine.