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Naturopathic Medicine

Visit our downtown Toronto clinics to see our experienced Naturopathic Doctor who will guide you along an alternative approach to health & wellness. Our Naturopath has significant training and knowledge to assess, diagnose and treat your health complaints using an integrative approach. 

 

Through the use of therapeutic treatments including acupuncture, herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), nutrition, basic lifestyle counseling and education with their patients they are able to affect positive changes through all aspects of your life.

 

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

The practice of Naturopathic Medicine begins with the assessment of the physical and mental condition of an individual, including the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, disorders and dysfunctions. Naturopathy enhances health through education, common diagnostic procedures and the integrated use of therapies promoting an individual’s inherent self-healing processes.

 

Naturopathic doctors provide primary and adjunctive health care to people of all ages with a wide spectrum of health concerns with a focus on the scientific use of natural therapies to support and stimulate healing. Our naturopath has a specific added area of training and expertise in fertility and women’s health. Naturopathic therapies are selected to treat the individual’s presenting condition, taking into consideration their particular symptoms and overall health status and our Naturopaths work very closely with our medical team and other regulated practitioners in the office to offer a collaborative approach.

 

As primary care providers, Naturopathic doctors work with their patients and educate them to take responsibility for their own health. 

 

What Services Do Naturopathic Doctors Offer?

The body of knowledge that underlies treatment modalities used in modern Naturopathic medical practice incorporates both ancient knowledge, conventional medical knowledge, and the latest advances in medical science.

 

Some of the modalities utilized by the Naturopaths at Integra Health Centre include:

Counselling Techniques: An important principle of Naturopathic medicine is that emotional health and physical health are interdependent. Naturopathic practice includes the integrated use of counseling techniques along with such methods as stress and lifestyle management as indicated.

 

Clinical Nutrition: The relationship between nutrition and wellness, or between inadequate nutrition and disease, is well documented and is a cornerstone of Naturopathic practice.

 

Botanical Medicine: Plant substances have been used safely and effectively for centuries in the prevention and treatment of disease.  Botanical medicines have pharmacological properties that necessitate their use by appropriately trained health care providers.

 

Lifestyle Modification: Environment and lifestyle have a significant impact on health. Simple things like getting adequate sleep and exercise can have an important impact on health.

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture: TCM and acupuncture comprise a system that has been in use for over 5,000 years for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This system employs unique methods for evaluating the flow and balance of energy in the body and includes the specialized use of Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Naturopathic doctors are trained to use this system when indicated as part of an integrated approach in combination with Western diagnostic methods to achieve care goals.

What Conditions can Naturopathic Medicine Treat?

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are primary healthcare practitioners, and can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including acute concerns and chronic health conditions. In the event that a Naturopath is unable to treat your condition, he or she will consult or refer appropriately.

 

Our Naturopath at Integra Health Centre has been able to provide successful treatment for a wide range of conditions including:

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive Problems
  • Allergies
  • Menstrual problems
  • Infertility
  • Muscle & Joint aches
  • Headaches
  • Pregnancy Symptoms
  • Pre-Natal Care
  • Post-Natal Care
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Low Energy Levels
  • Colds & Flus
  • Bloating
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • … and many more

Naturopathic Fertility Treatment

Fertility treatments by our Naturopathic Doctor are available for any individual or family trying to get pregnant. Whether you are just starting or have been trying for many years, fertility acupuncture can help!

 

Our Naturopathic Doctor uses a variety of techniques to help increase your chances of getting pregnant and delivering a healthy baby through acupuncture.

 

Through collaboration with traditional fertility doctors she is able to provide help as she is knowledgeable in the medications, examinations, and procedures used and is also happy to work together with reproductive endocrinologists. Our Naturopath has worked closely with all of our physicians in a collaborative and comprehensive manner.

 

Techniques Used by our Naturopath to Enhance Fertility Include:

 

Acupuncture – Acupuncture has been shown to help with sperm concentration, motility, and morphology. It has also been shown to almost double pregnancy rates in women going through IVF! It is definitely a first line defence for a Naturopathic Doctor treating infertility.

 

Herbs – Many North American and Traditional Chinese herbs have pharmacological properties that can regulate the menstrual cycle, promote regular ovulation, and increase pregnancy rates. They can also help with libido and sperm results.

 

Dietary Changes – Depending on what your diagnosis is, dietary changes can be very beneficial for your fertility health. There are diets to help those who don’t ovulate regularly and diets to help decrease the inflammation of endometriosis among others.

 

Stress Reduction Techniques – Trying to get pregnant is inherently stressful and it is important to thrive through that journey! Our naturopath will take a close look into all factors in an individuals’ life that require change in order to lead a balanced and stress-free lifestyle during this journey.

 

Vitamin Supplementation – There is more to getting pregnant than making sure that you’re taking folic acid! Depending on your age, cycle length, uterine lining thickness, etc. there may be some vitamins that could help get your body in optimal condition to conceive and carry to term.

Insurance

Naturopathic Medicine is covered by most extended health benefit plans. For your convenience, should you require a medical note we can have one of our Integra Doctors assist!

 

Please contact us for more information and to see if you qualify.

 

A referral to see one of our Naturopath’s  is not required, and same day appointments are available. If your insurance provider requires a referral, one of our physicians at Integra Health Centre can help provide this. Please ensure you inform our receptionists if this is needed before your visit.