Naturopathic Medicine is an integrated approach to primary health care that combines evidence-based medical training with natural and traditional therapies. The philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine is to treat the whole person, balancing mind, body and spirit in order to achieve a state of vibrant health.
Treatment plans are individualized, based on the patients complete health history, and may include:
- Physical Medicine – Botanical Medicine – Homeopathy
- Clinical Nutrition – Acupuncture – Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Mind/body Counselling – Lifestyle Modifications
Naturopathic Doctors in BC are licensed to use TCM Acupuncture as a tool in their practise.
The traditional Chinese philosophy of health is based on the principle of a balanced flow of “life-force” energy throughout one’s body. This energy, known as Qi, travels through pathways beneath the skin called meridians.
An imbalance in this energy system can be the cause or effect of a variety of conditions. Anything from physical injury or trauma to strong emotions or inadequacies in diet/exercise can cause, or be caused by, disharmony in the meridian system. The result? Dis-ease in one’s mind, body and/or spirit. The aim of treatment is to restore the balance and flow of Qi.
In traditional Chinese acupuncture, very fine needles are inserted into specific points along the meridians to restore harmony to body, mind & spirit.
New Patient? Here’s what to expect:
Your first appointment is a 60 minute comprehensive health assessment. During this hour, we will thoroughly discuss your health concerns. I will perform a complaint-oriented physical exam and prescribe some initial treatment recommendations.
Between your first and second visits, I will research your case and formulate your personalized treatment plan which will address your short and long term goals. During your second visit, we will discuss and implement this plan.
You can expect monthly follow up visits during active treatment, and visits a few times a year when on a long term stable plan, in the maintenance phase. Frequency of visits will also depend on the type of treatment; acupuncture is often scheduled weekly during active treatment.
Please bring the following with you to your first visit: your completed intake form, any previous lab reports and a list of current medications and supplements.
GUIDED BY THE PRINCIPLES: primum non nocere (first do no harm) * vis medicatrix naturae (healing power of nature) * tolle causam (treat the cause, not just the effect) * tolle totum (treat the whole person) * docere (physician is a teacher) * praevenire (prevention is the best “cure”)