The range of treatment modalities allows the Naturopathic Doctors at Trinity Health Clinic to develop treatment plans that not only address the physical aspect of a person, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. These naturopathic therapies are all based on the same naturopathic principles, assisting the body’s healing response, and are often more effective when used in combination.
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.
Asian Medicine & Acupuncture
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.
Prevention & Lifestyle Counseling
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 and Bioenergetic Therapies
The use of naturopathic therapies varies by practitioner and by province. The Naturopathic Doctors at Trinity Health Clinic have additional training in other advanced therapies and bioenergetic techniques such as:
Auricular Medicine is a bioenergetic reflex system in which locations on the ear are used as a microsystem, along with changes in the pulse, to detect cellular imbalances through the electromagnetic frequencies within the body and organ systems. As a specialized technique in the field of bioenergetic medicine, it is used as a key diagnostic and therapeutic tool. While supporting various layers of health, Auricular Medicine allows individualized naturopathic treatment plans to be prescribed and modified that are in total harmony with the patient’s own self healing processes and unique cellular requirements.
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 there is vital energy that flows through us and allows our organs to function properly. 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 re-establishing harmony to be 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.