Naturopathic Medicine Ottawa
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Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine.
A naturopathic doctor will work with clients to improve the body’s ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine based on the healing power of nature.
Naturopathic doctors work with their patients to incorporate healthier lifestyle changes that reduce or remove burdens to the body. They will also recommend natural treatments to strengthen weak or vulnerable areas. A naturopathic doctor treats clients by using a wide variety of different therapies including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, and lifestyle counselling.
A naturopathic approach means helping people improve their health and quality of life at their own pace. Even minor improvements in lifestyle and nutrition can have profound impacts on our health, particularly if these improvements become lifetime habits. Naturopathic doctors do not treat conditions, they treat individuals. Rather than prescribing drugs to relieve an issue, a naturopath works to solve the root cause of the health issue, focusing first on dietary habits and recommending supplements and herbs to rebalance the body. They are also able to request laboratory diagnostics when necessary.
There are very few illness or conditions that naturopathic medicine cannot support. This is because a naturopathic doctor treats the individual and not the illness. Frequently treated issues include gastrointestinal disorders, environmental and food allergies, chronic sinusitis, asthma, skin conditions, obesity, blood sugar disorders, painful or heavy menstrual periods, migraines, fatigue, infertility, mood disorders, PMS, menopause, chronic heartburn, and insomnia.
Two methods of care are provided by naturopathic docotors – corrective and acute care. Corrective care uses therapies to strengthen weak or vulnerable areas, and removes obstacles to wellness. The corrective care approach leads to improvements in specific bodily systems and overall health. Acute care can be used for symptom relief on an “as needed” basis, using naturopathic therapies to support immediate needs. Should this approach be chosen, a yearly checkup is recommended to maintain a baseline awareness of an individual’s health and history.