Practice in Canada
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine / acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling.
A Naturopathic Doctor is a primary care practitioner that seeks to restore and maintain optimum health in their patients by emphasizing nature’s inherent self-healing process. A Naturopathic Doctor views the individual as an integral whole including the physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors affecting health. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body and unfavorable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than disease as an entity. The primary goal is to treat the underlying cause of the disease. This approach has proven successful in treating both chronic and acute conditions. Treatments are chosen based on the individual patient, not based on the generality of symptoms.
What is colon hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy (or colonics) is an age-old therapeutic treatment used to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Using techniques dating back as far as the ancient Egyptians, colon hydrotherapy is a safe, gentle & effective treatment used to cleanse toxic matter and tone the whole large intestine. Over time, the bowel may lose its tone and shape, resulting in a number of ailments most notably, poor bowel function. Up until the 1960’s, when prescription laxatives gained popularity, colonics were an accepted and well used practice in most nursing homes, hospitals and doctors offices.
A busy lifestyle and other imbalances can result in poor stimulation of the reflex to have a bowel movement. Using double purified water, disposable, sterile equipment and mild pressure we are able to stimulate a sluggish colon and rebuild the natural muscular contractions or “peristaltic squeeze”. Abdominal massage increases the effectiveness of the treatments. The total treatment requires just less than an hour.
We have quite a variety of reference lab testing available to help provide information regarding health issues and to provide information to direct our treatment. It is not necessary to use these for every patient, but can be very helpful in creating a successful treatment plan. Some of the more common tests are listed below.
We use clinical expertise, lab testing and herbal/nutritional support to address your hormone concerns. Lab testing is important in identifying underlying issues and can include steroid hormones, stress hormones and thyroid hormone panels. The male and female hormone panels can be especially helpful in providing a justification to get a prescription for bioidentical hormones to allow a manageable pace of hormone change. As ND’s we cannot prescribe the bioidenticals, but can provide the testing and overall regimen to make a reasonable request from those who can. We do provide an herbal, nutritional and lifestyle approach to your health and wellness.