A Natural Path to Optimal Health
Naturopathic Medicine utilizes the healing power of nature to treat the root of the health issue, instead of a symptom based approach. It aims to heal the whole person - mind and body.
History of Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic Medicine has been practiced in Canada since the early 1900's. Often referred to as functional or alternative medicine, this primary health care system provides natural treatment methods that promote self healing and optimal health.
Certified Healthcare Practitioners
After completing an undergraduate degree at university, N.D's complete a four year, full-time accredited naturopathic medical program at a CNME recognized naturopthic college.
An initial appointment with a naturopathic doctor features almost an hour of questions, so a thorough understanding of the patient is achieved. Then, a treatment plan is developed, considering all factors of health (physical, mental, emotional, environmental, social, attitudinal), with a focus of optimizing the natural healing power of the body by bringing it into a state of balance.
What is Optimal Health?
Optimal health is more than the absence of disease.
It is the ability to THRIVE.
Our practitioners develop treatment plans that help the patient:
Increase energy/reduce fatigue
Boost libido, and fertility
Reduce chronic pain
Detoxify the body
Develop healthy mental and attitudinal habits
Create a balanced lifestyle
Naturopathic Doctors are like health detectives. They gather as much information as possible, create a plan of action, and follow the clues.
Follow Up Appointment
The most important aspect of naturopathic care is the initial visit. This is where the doctor reviews your:
Past medical history
Current health concerns
This information helps the doctor create a detailed picture of the overall health condition, allowing them to make more informed decisions and customized solutions.
The initial visit gives the doctor the information needed to treat the root cause of health problems, instead of treating symptoms.
The treatment plan is administered during follow up appointments. Treatments can be any mix of the following:
Prevention and Lifestyle Coaching
Patient vitals are taken, along with a review of symptoms to establish the progress that's been made. The treatment plan is updated and changed as progress is made.
The doctor and patient build the treatment plan together - the patient plays an active role in this process.
Not sure if a naturopathic approach is right for your symptoms, or condition? Schedule a free 15 minute consultation at our downtown Vancouver clinic, and one of our naturopathic doctors will assess your health condition and let you know if they can help, or if you require a specialist.