Clinical Nutrition includes the use of dietary modifications and nutritional supplements. A growing number of studies demonstrate the power of a healthy diet and the inclusion of specific nutrients in optimal amounts to prevent and treat a variety of conditions. Individualized supplements may be used to correct nutrient deficiencies or provide the body with higher amounts of nutrients than can be obtained from a healthy diet alone.
‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” –Hippocrates, “The Father of Medicine”
Lifestyle counselling involves proactive changes to daily habits and activities, in order to establish more health-promoting behaviours and decrease those that compromise health. Lifestyle modifications can have a powerful impact on many health conditions, and can improve overall health and vitality. Changes to exercise habits, stress-management techniques, cognitive patterns, and sleep routines may be recommended.
Botanical medicine is the therapeutic use of plants with medicinal properties, in a wide range of clinical conditions. Botanicals are often used in the treatment of hormone imbalances, as several plants contain compounds with similar, but less potent effects compared to natural hormones. Botanicals can be administered in a variety of forms including tablets, liquid extracts, and teas.
Acupuncture is a widely used alternative treatment with origins in the ancient medical system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture involves the therapeutic use of sterile needles to restore balance in the body’s systems. It can be an effective treatment approach for a number of conditions including, but not limited to: infertility, menstrual irregularities, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, and pain.
Homeopathy is a system of treatment based on the principle that very small amounts of natural substances can stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and relieve symptom patterns. Homeopathic remedies are gentle and very safe for individuals of all ages, including children and pregnant women, and do not interact with other treatments.
A variety of laboratory services are used to identify biochemical imbalances in the body and to direct the naturopathic treatment plan accordingly. Lab services available include food sensitivity testing, hormone testing, hair mineral analysis, and requisitions for specific blood tests, including those routinely done by Medical Doctors.
Naturopathic Medicine uses an individualized, holistic approach to weight loss in order to achieve lasting results. Lab tests may be performed to determine root causes of weight concerns, such as hormone imbalances that affect metabolism and impede weight loss. Body composition analysis tools are also used to monitor progress. Naturopathic weight loss plans involve nutritional and lifestyle counselling, individualized nutritional and botanical supplements, and detoxification.
A healthy, science-based detoxification program can improve general health concerns, as well as medical conditions impacted by poorly functioning detoxification processes. Many patients experience increased energy, weight loss, an improved mood, and a reduction in presenting symptoms with detoxification. A Naturopathic detox program involves nutritional and lifestyle changes, and nutritional and botanical supplements that enhance the body’s ability to eliminate toxins, cleanse organs, repair cellular damage, and restore healthy organ function.