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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.
The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.
Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, may also be used during treatments. (Source: Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors)
Naturopathic Oncology is the application of naturopathic medicine in the field of cancer care and treatment. Naturopathic oncologists work together with hospital oncologists bringing their wisdom, perspective and experience to aid oncology treatment teams that seek the best positive outcomes for their patients. (Source: OncANP)
What to expect from a naturopathic consultation
A patient can expect to see one of our naturopathic doctors for an initial consultation of up to 85 minutes, in which medical history, relevant test results, and current health status are all assessed and a treatment plan is put in place. Follow up blood tests are often requested to look more closely at vitamin/mineral status. The treatment plan varies for each patient but will consist of nutritional guidelines, vitamin and herb supplementation, lifestyle changes to promote rest and exercise, the use of IV Vitamin C where suitable, and referrals to other physical and emotional therapists at the OICC. Patients return for 60-minute and 30-minute follow- ups sessions as needed.
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