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naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic Services

About Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is the treatment and prevention of disease by natural means. Naturopathic Doctors assess the whole person, taking into consideration physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Gentle, non-invasive techniques are generally used in order to stimulate the body’s inherent self-healing capacity.

The following guiding principles are fundamental to every treatment plan:

  • First, do no harm. Promote optimal health with the least risk for each patient.
  • The healing power of nature is always respected.
  • Treat the cause. Treat the fundamental cause of illness. Identify and remove the causes while avoiding suppression of symptoms.
  • Doctor as teacher. The doctor’s role is also as a teacher and role-model for patient education, for the inspiration of rational hope and to encourage self-responsibility.
  • Treat the whole person. Address the unique physical, emotional an mental factors which influence each person’s well-being.
  • Prevention. Promote optimal health and well-being to prevent future illness.

A number of different approaches may be used throughout the course of treatment. Treatment modalities include diet, lifestyle counselling, clinical nutrition (supplementation), botanical medicine, homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.

Clinical Nutrition is the foundation of optimal health. Many conditions may be prevented or treated by modifications to the diet and/or using specific nutrients. Treatment may include special diets and nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and other therapeutic products.

Botanical Medicine is a plant-based medicine based on traditional practices and scientific research that involves the use of herbal teas, tinctures, capsules, and other forms of herbal preparations to assist in recovery from injury and illness, and to support and promote the healing processes which naturally exist within the body. Naturopathic Doctors are trained in the appropriate use of medicinal plants as well as drug-herb interactions.

Homeopathic Medicine is based on the principle of “like cures like” and uses minute amounts of natural substances to powerfully stimulate the self-healing abilities of the body. These principles have been systematically observed clinically for more than 200 years. Homeopathy helps restore health to the entire body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes acupuncture, herbal formulas and dietary changes is based on balancing the flow of Chi (energy) through the meridian pathways. TCM involves an ancient system of diagnosis based on specific patterns and combinations of symptoms that have been observed over thousands of years.

Lifestyle counselling is used to teach a patient how to incorporate balance between work, nutrition, exercise, and activities of daily living. While the benefits are significant, creating change in one’s lifestyle can be challenging. Naturopathic care involves supporting the patient through treatments using a collaborative process between patient and doctor.

Hydrotherapy refers to the use of hot and cold water applications. Hydrotherapy is a non-invasive, economical and effective therapeutic approach that stimulates the immune system, facilitates detoxification, and promotes lymph drainage and circulation.

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is the combination of classical yoga techniques and elements of contemporary body-mind psychology. Lorraine Caruso, ND, uses PRYT to encourage a deeper understanding of the whole self. Through assisted yoga postures and non-directive dialogue, the practitioner guides the client to experience the connection of their physical and emotional selves. Using focused breathing, this connection is held and explored, fostering release, personal growth and healing. Your Naturopathic Doctor will take a thorough case history. Assessment of each patient’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental well-being is required to facilitate this work. A basic, complaint-oriented physical exam and specific urine, blood, and other laboratory tests may be used as part of the treatment work-up.