Naturopathic Doctors are trained in a variety of therapies and modalities, including the following:
Acupuncture/ Traditional Chinese Medicine: Using the ancient Chinese principle of vital energy to balance health and wellness. Acupuncture involves the careful insertion of thin needles into specific points in the body to create balance or remove pain.
Botanical Medicine: Using medicinal plants and plant substances in various preparations such as teas, tinctures or capsules. Understanding how they work in the body as well as how they might interact with other supplements or medicines to ensure they are being used appropriately.
Bowen Therapy: Using soft tissue manipulation applied in a gentle and specific pattern to help address various concerns of musculoskeletal imbalances, organ system conditions and stress or emotional concerns.
Homeopathic Medicine: Using single or compound remedies made of specific dilutions of plant, animal and mineral substances. These remedies are matched to the patient and their symptom picture to stimulate the natural healing ability.
Injection Therapies: Using various injection techniques to promote health processes. Includes intra-venous vitamin injections, intra-muscular injections of vitamins and other substances for immune support or pain treatment, and more advanced techniques such as prolotherapy for pain and joint treatment.
Laboratory Testing: Using private or in house laboratory testing to ensure proper initiation and monitoring of treatments. Includes blood and salivary hormone testing, food and environmental sensitivity testing, as well as routine urinalysis and blood tests.
Nutritional Counseling: Using the principle of food as medicine by educating and modifying the diet to ensure optimal nutrition. This may include removing food intolerances that cause inflammation or adding nutritional supplements to avoid any imbalance.
Physical Medicine: Using various physical techniques such as soft tissue work, naturopathic manipulation, hydrotherapy and exercise to help manage and correct stress or trauma related conditions of the musculoskeletal system.
Prevention and Lifestyle Counseling: The most effective treatments are those that can be maintained and used to avoid further complications or illness. Attitudes and emotional states are an important aspect in healing. As such all aspects that can affect a patient at any level need to be properly identified and addressed including diet, lifestyle, exercise, daily stressors, hormones, emotional and environmental factors.