Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that combines traditional and natural forms of medicine with current scientific research to support and stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Rather than treating a collection of symptoms, NDs understand these symptoms as warning signs of underperforming body systems and address the underlying root causes to support the system as a whole.
Therapies included in the practice of Naturopathic Medicine at BioHeal Ottawa include Western and Eastern herbal medicine, functional nutrition, homoeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, as well as lifestyle counselling to support a preventive approach to health and wellness.
Naturopathy is based on the understanding that each patient is unique, and an individual approach is needed to address the physical, environmental, lifestyle and emotional aspects of health. Looking at a full patient history alongside laboratory test results allows naturopathic doctors to find and address the unique root causes of symptoms using a variety of therapies.
Whereas conventional medicine typically treats the symptoms of diagnosed, established disease using pharmaceutical therapies or surgery, a Naturopathic approach allows issues to be addressed earlier in their development and from a variety of angles. Our team treats all health concerns for all ages, helping to improve overall wellness and quality of life for those with mild to serious concerns. Your ND will work in collaboration with your MD where necessary to support your wellbeing and minimize side effects of surgery or medication used in conventional treatments.
Nowadays, more people than ever are seeking out the support of a Naturopathic Doctor as recognition for the field of natural and preventive medicine increases. More research is emerging each month that supports the therapies we have always used, and interest in a more natural approach that puts the power in the hands of the patient is growing.