Naturopathic Medicine In Toronto
Do you want to take a more natural approach to your healthcare?
Are you striving to achieve a state of optimal health, not just a lack of illness?
If so, naturopathic medicine may be what you’re looking for.
Here at Mahaya Health, we offer naturopathic medicine treatments for a wide variety of health concerns.
What Is Naturopathic Medicine?
In general, naturopathic medicine is a form of primary health care that takes a patient-centred approach.
With naturopathic medicine, the main emphasis is on helping you achieve a state of optimal health in order to prevent the onset of illness and improve your quality of life. Naturopathic doctors believe that the body can heal itself of many health conditions. Treatments are designed to remove your body’s barriers to healing.
A naturopathic doctor draws on many different treatment modalities in order to address your health concerns, listed below.
Botanical medicine is the use of the medicinal properties of plant substances as a treatment for illnesses and to promote optimal health. Their use is based on modern research as well as historical use.
Sometimes this is referred to as herbal medicine, but that’s not exactly right. Medicines are based on herbs, but also on roots, stems, bark, seeds, or stalks.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
A naturopathic doctor is not a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner, however, they will sometimes use TCM treatments. Depending on your individual health needs, you may receive acupuncture treatments. There are also a number of botanical medicines from the TCM tradition which naturopathic doctors incorporate in their practice.
Homeopathy is based on the idea that a substance that causes symptoms can, in a heavily diluted form, be used as a treatment for similar symptoms. It’s a centuries-old practice that was developed in the 1700s in Germany, as a response to the invasive medical practices of the time.
Sometimes there’s more to health than physical issues. Your levels of emotional and mental stress, your sleeping habits, and your relaxation schedule can all have an impact on your health. Your naturopathic doctor will work with you to address the elements of your lifestyle that could be impacting your health.
There’s more to a healthy diet than just eating a lot of vegetables. Clinical nutrition can help you discover the foods to which you’re allergic or intolerant, and how to avoid them. It can also address any potential nutrient deficiencies, as well as how you can get the nutrients you need to address your health concerns.
What Is Naturopathic Medicine Used For?
Naturopathic medicine is a primary form of health care. As a result, it can be used as a treatment for most health concerns.
The following are some of the conditions particularly responsive to naturopathic medicine:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Hormonal imbalances
- Most autoimmune conditions
- Chronic pain
- Chronic stress
- Digestive disorders
- Skin conditions
- Post-surgery recovery
- Chronic fatigue
- Reducing the side effects of prescription medications
Naturopathic doctors are NOT emergency doctors. If you have a health emergency, seek emergency treatment from your nearest hospital or emergency room.
What Are The Principles Of Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine subscribes to a set of six tenets. Each naturopathic doctor may vary in their method of practice, but all practice according to the following:
Primum Non Nocere
This is a Latin phrase which means “first, do no harm”. Naturopathic doctors are in the business of improving your health, not making it worse. As a result, your naturopathic doctor will use the gentlest, least invasive treatments available to address your health concerns.
Vis Medicatrix Naturae
This is a Latin phrase which means “the healing power of nature”. Naturopathic doctors recognize that your body is able to heal itself from many of the illnesses affecting it. It simply needs the resources to do so.
This means “treat the cause”. Addressing your symptoms can be helpful to improve your quality of life in the short term, but a naturopathic treatment plan will focus on addressing what’s causing those symptoms in the first place.
This is the Latin verb “to teach”. Your naturopathic doctor will work with you to better understand the factors in your life holding you back from achieving optimal health.
This means “treat the whole person”. Naturopathic doctors recognize that your illness isn’t necessarily limited to the place where you’re feeling the symptoms. They offer individualized treatments designed to address your health concerns, not just symptoms. Your naturopathic doctor will address the physical, mental, emotional, genetic, and environmental factors, among others, in order to get a full picture of your health.
This means, simply, “prevention”. The best treatment for a health concern is to prevent it from happening in the first place. A naturopathic doctor will work with you to help you achieve a state of optimal health, with the goal of preventing the development of disease.
If you’re dealing with a chronic health condition, or you’re just not feeling as well as you know you could, naturopathic medicine can help.
Contact Mahaya Health to find out more.