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NATUROPATHY

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Naturopathic Medicine provides a unique opportunity for improving your health. This is your chance to be healthy WITHOUT the pharmaceuticals. Naturopathic Medicine provides a holistic approach for improving health or disease treatment. Naturopathy encourages non-invasive treatments without the use of surgery or pharmaceutical drugs.

Treatment focuses on minimally-invasive modalities such as acupuncture or manual adjustments, use of natural herbs, lifestyle changes, and encouragement of natural healing. Stress reduction and a healthy diet and lifestyle is emphasized for disease prevention. Modalities used for treatment vary depending on patient's needs and condition. Most common modalities used for treatments are acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine, botanical medicine, homeopathy, lifestyle and nutrition counseling, Psychological counseling, reflexology, osseous and soft tissue manipulation, and exercise. The therapy is tailored to you personally, no two people are treated the same. As such, you are getting exactly what you need, rather than a generalized treatment.


Naturopathic medicine treats a number of conditions, the most common being:

  • naturopathy   Acute (Musculo-skeletal Injury, Short term illnesses, physical assessment)
  • naturopathy   Chronic (High blood pressure, hormonal problems, old long term injuries and pain, diabetes, allergies, Stress and Burnout)
  • naturopathy   Prevention and Health Promotion (Diet and Lifestyle counseling, sports enhancement, detoxification, facial rejuvenation acupuncture)

If your condition of concern is not listed, please phone us and inquire.


What is Naturopathic Medicine?

The term naturopathic medicine refers to a distinct system of primary healthcare that uses natural methods and substances to support and stimulate the body's inherent self-healing process. "The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well." - Hippocrates Naturopathic medicine is founded on the time-tested principle, Vis Medicatrix Naturae - The Healing Power of Nature. The naturopathic doctor views the individual as an integral whole where symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body and unfavorable lifestyle habits. The primary goal is to treat the underlying cause of the disease. "Bernard is right. The pathogen is nothing. The terrain is everything." - Louis Pasteur Naturopathic doctors can also complement and enhance health care services provided by other health care professionals. They provide patients with a truly integrative form of health care.

What Treatments Are Commonly Provided By Naturopathic Doctors?

Naturopathic clinics commonly provide the following treatments:

  • Botanical (Herbal) Medicine
    The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginnings of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. Plant substances from around the world are used for their healing effects and nutritional value.
  • Clinical Nutrition
    Clinical nutrition examines the relationship between diet and health. Special diets may be recommended, and treatment may include nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutraceuticals.
  • Homeopathic Medicine
    Based on the principals of "like cures like" homeopathic medicine was developed in the 1700's. Minute amounts of natural substances are used to stimulate the body's self-healing abilities.
  • Lifestyle Counseling and Stress Management
    Physical, emotional, nutritional and environmental factors affect health. NDs help patients to make effective lifestyle choices.
  • Manipulation
    Correction of stress or trauma-induced malfunctions of muscle, connective tissue, and the skeletal system.
  • Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
    Based on balancing the flow of Chi (energy) through meridian pathways, Oriental medicine includes the use of acupuncture and Oriental herbs.
  • Physical Therapeutics
    The therapeutic use of water (hydrotherapy), light, electricity, ultra-sound, massage and exercise.

How Are Naturopathic Doctors Trained?

Naturopathic doctors registered in licensed provinces and states must complete four years of professional training at a recognized college of naturopathic medicine. Pre-admission requirements include three years of pre-medical studies at a university. Training includes basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; naturopathic principles and therapeutics; and extensive clinical experience under the supervision of licensed naturopathic doctors. Graduates receive the title "N.D." or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.

Naturopathic practice is regulated under provincial law in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Alberta is currently a regulation-pending province. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto), The National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, OR), Bastyr University (Seattle, WA), Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (Scottsdale, AZ), and the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine are recognized by government-appointed naturopathic regulatory boards. Graduates must pass rigorous board examinations to be eligible to practice as a naturopathic doctor.

Do Naturopathic Doctors Perform Examinations?

Naturopathic doctors take an extensive history and perform physical examinations using standard diagnostic instruments and laboratory tests. Additional information related to lifestyle - including diet, emotions, stress, exercise, and exposure to environmental hazards - may be requested.

Do Naturopathic Doctors Use Drugs or Surgery?

No. Naturopathic doctors do not use prescription drugs or surgery. They are extensively trained in the application of natural substances and conservative therapies to support and stimulate healing.

What Conditions and Illnesses Do Naturopathic Doctors Commonly Treat?

People experiencing chronic or acute conditions can benefit from naturopathic treatment. Through assessing general health status and after diagnosing specific conditions, the naturopathic doctor will recommend a specific treatment regime.

How Do Naturopathic Doctors Function As Part Of Today's Health Care System?

Naturopathic doctors are primary care providers trained to work in co-operation with all other health care practitioners.

How Did Naturopathic Medicine Evolve In North America?

In North America, naturopathic medicine traces its origins to Dr. Benedict Lust. He used the term "naturopathy" to describe a clinical practice, which integrated such natural healing methods as botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, manipulative therapy, acupuncture and lifestyle counseling.

The American School of Naturopathy was founded by Dr. Lust in New York and graduated its first class in 1902. Naturopathic practitioners formed the Naturopathic Society of America and established naturopathic colleges and large sanatoriums throughout North America.

By 1920, naturopathic practice was well established in Canada. Laws regulating naturopathic practice were enacted in Ontario by 1925, British Columbia in 1936, Manitoba in 1943 and Saskatchewan in 1952.

In the last twenty years, public desire for greater control in the health care process and a growing dissatisfaction with high tech solutions to health problems has resulted in a resurgent interest in the natural methods of preventive health care. This trend has increased demand for naturopathic services as people seek ways to improve their health, cope with day-to-day stresses and avoid illness.

What Are The Advantages of Naturopathic Care?

The goal of naturopathic practice is to treat the underlying disorders and to restore normal body function by enhancing the body's own healing abilities. Therefore, naturopathic doctors must focus their efforts on understanding the unique needs of each patient. As a result naturopathic treatments are highly individualized. Patients are involved in their health program and learn to make effective, educated self-care decisions which can prevent future health problems.

Does Health Insurance Cover Naturopathic Medicine?

Most private insurance plans cover naturopathic treatments. Insured patients are encouraged to contact their employer or individual insurance agents to determine if they are covered and to request that their policy he extended to include naturopathic services if it does not already do so.

Taken from the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Our Registered Naturopathic Doctor

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Dr. Cameron Leong
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Dr. Cameron Leong, ND has joined the MedSpa team and brings with him his skills, experiences and successes in healing. He sees patients for health promotion, acute situations and chronic illnesses. As such, things treated range from weight loss and detox to nutrition and sports enhancement to injury and to restoring quality of life in long term illness.


 

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