Naturopath

WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?

Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine that includes current scientific research, natural remedies and traditional modalities of healing. The Naturopathic Doctor looks at symptoms of a patient as an expression of the disease and not the disease itself. The ND focuses on finding the root cause, while alleviating the burden symptoms in the process, in order to treat the whole patient. Guided by the 6 principles below the ND helps their patients by fostering a relationship to compassionately educate them to be able to take ownership of their own health and healing.

The six principles that guide all ND’s are:

  1. First, Do No Harm.

  2. Support The Healing Power of Nature.

  3. Identify and Treat the Causes.

  4. Doctor as Teacher.

  5. Treat the Whole Person.

  6. Prevention.

In addition to the 6 principles the ND also follows The Therapeutic Order of Naturopathic Medicine, which guidelines aims to relieve the patient of all symptoms and to address all underlying causes, while using the least force necessary.

Naturopathic Doctors have 3,000 hours of classroom and 1,200 hours of clinical training, which is included in 8 years of postsecondary education. Naturopathic Therapeutics encompass but are not limited to, Asian Medicine/Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Homeopathic Medicine, Physical Medicine, Health Psychology and Lifestyle Counselling.

SERVICES

Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine

TCM focuses on looking at the symptoms of the patient in order to diagnose the imbalance of specific organ systems and their energetic responsibilities throughout the body. With this information gathered a treatment strategy can be implemented in order to restore balance. Acupuncture uses an energetic map of the body know as meridians that correspond to each organ system in order to influence energy otherwise known as qi to flow smoothly throughout the body. In addition to acupuncture there are other tools to address imbalances such as diet, cupping and skin scraping.

Botanical Medicine

Botanical medicine is the use of plants to restore health in the body. Parts such as the root, leaf or flower may used in several types of preparations including tinctures (extracts dissolved in alcohol), decoctions and teas (extracts dissolved in water), supplements and topical applications. Botanicals can have many different types of phytochemical and energetic actions throughout the body and specific custom formulas can be concocted to meet the individual needs of the person.

Clinical Nutrition

Naturopathic clinical nutrition is the combination of the best quality research such as systematic reviews, meta-analyses and double blinded randomized control trials along with well documented trial and error by both doctor and patient in order to heal efficiently and effectively. This can include the use of vitamins, minerals and food extracts as supplements.

With so many fads and misinformation in the media it can be difficult to navigate the world of nutrition. With over 10 years of combined experience and education Jordan can teach you how to listen to your body’s confusing and ominous signs in order to understand if what you are eating is helping or hurting you.

Lifestyle Counselling

Naturopathic doctors are trained to search for the root causes of illness. Much of the way we feel depends on our daily routines. The foundations of health are appropriate sleep, nutrition, movement/exercise and stress management. ND’s can help to identify areas of weakness that may be leading to illness and teach effective strategies to change behaviours in order to restore balance.

Health Psychology

There is more and more scientific evidence being conducted every day about the power of perception and beliefs and how it relates to the neuroplasticity of the brain and overall health. Everyones story is different, which leads to different world views and experiences of reality. This can affect the way we communicate and develop relationships with others and the world around us. By treating the whole person a ND will attempt to help individuals discover any negative or limiting beliefs they hold that may be creating a barrier to healing. With patience and non-judgement the ND will create a space of openness to allow those to release certain beliefs that no longer serve them in order to replace them with positive affirmations, leading to greater health outcomes.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is based law of similars, which is the principle of like cures like. Homeopathic remedies are extremely diluted non-toxic substances that may be administered as small sugar pellets or prepared in alcohol solutions. It is the energetic essence of the original substance imprinted into its carrier that when dosed correctly imitates the patients symptoms with a slightly stronger force than the symptom itself. It is the reaction of the body to the remedy to push back against the energy of the remedy towards a balanced state of health alleviating the original symptom in the process.

Lab Testing

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage the body’s natural defenses and recuperative powers to bring your health to a state of wholeness and balance. Acupuncture is known to reduce or relieve pain, but can also be used to increase circulation, reduce inflammation, enhance the body’s immunity, improve mood and energy and improve function of affected areas of the body

Acupuncture is a safe, natural, drug-free and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems, and to create a balanced energetic interplay of the factors affecting your health. 

How does Acupuncture work?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy of Qi (pronounced “chee”) or vital energy, an intelligent energetic system that maintains health and balance. This subtle form of energy supports, and shapes our physical body and activates our lives. Our Qi flows through pathways called meridians, that are like rivers inside our body. As a river flows, it carries water that provides nourishment and sustenance for life on our planet. Similarly, meridians are the rivers where Qi flows inside of us as an invisible current; energizing, nourishing and supporting every cell, tissue, muscle, organ and gland.

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body that act as gateways to balance this flow of energy throughout the meridians. When Qi becomes blocked in one part of the body, the flow becomes restricted in other parts. When a blockage or imbalance occurs, illness, pain or disease can set in. Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, acupuncture can unblock the obstruction and activate Qi. When Qi is balanced and flowing freely, the body’s natural self-healing abilities are activated, enabling internal stability and harmony to occur. 

Treatment Strategy
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses Acupuncture- fine needles inserted into body meridian points or Acupressure – for those who prefer not to have needles. After a thorough health history and relevant physical exams a TCM diagnosis and a treatment strategy will be provided. In addition to acupuncture diet and lifestyle recommendations will be included in order to bring the energy of the organ systems into balance.

All treatments are complimentary to your existing medical treatments and you should continue on current medication. Acupuncture and modern medicine when used together, have the potential to permeate and invigorate each other, and to support, strengthen and nurture the body toward health and wellbeing.

Acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment of many health ailments including:

Headaches

Migraines

Joint pain

Arthritis

Hormone imbalances

Fibromyalgia

Digestive issues

Fertility problems

Asthma

Bronchitis