Naturopathic Medicine

The principles of Naturopathic Medicine stem from the traditional healing wisdom of "eclecticism" and "nature cure". Its effectiveness today has been significantly enhanced by modern science and technology. This balance between old and new is reflected in the range of naturopathic health care approaches offered at the Sunrise Wellness Centre.

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Naturopathic Medicine offers a unique balance of Eastern & Western philosophies towards health and healing. It offers patient-centered care, respecting the body's innate healing abilities and taps into the Vis Medicatrix Naturae (the healing power of nature). With a thorough understanding of how the body works, and a respect for traditional systems of healing, Naturopathic Doctors are experts in providing holistic health.

Naturopathic treatments can complement conventional medical treatments or can be used effectively on their own. The aim of the Naturopathic Doctor is always to support and stimulate the body's ability to heal.

One of the great things about naturopathic medicine is that there are different treatment modalities that can be incorporated into your health and wellness plan. Please click on the links below to learn more about some of the core treatments offered by NDs:

 

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

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This is a system of care which includes acupuncture, dietary recommendations and herbal medicines to help bring the body into balance. These various treatments are used to eliminate disease and restore balance in the body's functions. Widely recognized in Western society as an effective treatment for pain, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine have been used for thousands of years in China and other countries as a complete holistic approach to regulating the flow of Qi energy and restoring health. Research is ongoing as to why acupuncture works, but it has been found to be helpful in a number of conditions including arthritis, hormonal imbalances, anxiety and depression. back to top

Botanical Medicine

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This is a plant-based medicine using whole plants individually and in combinations as teas, tinctures, capsules and other compounds to assist in the recovery from injury and disease. These compounds are organic in nature, they are more compatible with body chemistry and act as powerful medicines to boost the body's immune system and prevent disease while having few side effects. Herbs are part of traditional healing systems around the world. There are hundreds of plants with known medicinal properties, some of which our modern day drugs are derived from. Digitalis, for example is derived from Foxglove. back to top

Clinical Nutrition

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"Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food" - Hippocrates This is the foundation of Naturopathic Medicine. Through the use of dietetics, natural hygiene, fasting, and nutritional supplementation, many medical conditions can be treated more effectively and with virtually no side effects with clinical nutrition than they can by other means.Nutrition is the cornerstone of health and wellness. Without it, health and healing cannot take place. While treatment of illness can be achieved through dietary changes, prevention of future illness is also very important. The role of food and nutrition is well understood in illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, but diet can also play a role in conditions such as migraines and inflammatory. Individual diets and nutritional supplements may be recommended to address deficiencies, treat disease processes and promote health. back to top

Homeopathy

Homeopathy was founded in the late 18th century by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, who described the Law of Similars. This law states that when a substance in large doses causes certain symptoms, in small doses it can cure these same symptoms. Homeopathy is experiencing a revival in North American and is used extensively in Europe and India. Homeopathy has a long tradition and is based on the principle of "like cures like". It is a subtle yet powerful form of medicine that uses tiny doses of naturally occurring substances to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself energetically. Homeopathy is a powerful tool and effects healing on a physical as well as an emotional level.Due to its gentle and non-toxic nature, homeopathic remedies are ideally suited to children and young infants. back to top

Lifestyle Counseling

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As part of the holistic nature of Naturopathic Medicine, NDs try to assess all aspects of a person's life that can impact on their physical, emotional and spiritual health. Mental attitudes and emotional states are significant contributors to health and disease. Techniques such as counseling and stress management are key in helping patients to implement positive and lasting lifestyle changes. There is great emphasis on personal responsibility and the ND in the role of teacher will assist clients in taking charge of themselves on the road to optimal health. back to top

What conditions do you treat?

Our answer to that is that we do not aim to treat specific conditions or symptoms, rather our focus is to treat a person. 

If you only treat the symptom, the body will not heal and lasting change cannot take place. By encouraging the body to function properly, by restoring communication and biochemical balance between all the systems of the body, health can be achieved. Once this happens symptoms will clear on their own - for symptoms are nothing more than a warning signal that an imbalance exists beneath the surface of the body.

The following is an incomplete list of common conditions (symptoms) that patients often present with:

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Ulcers, Reflux
  • Skin Conditions
  • Allergies
  • PMS
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Colds, Flu
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety, Stress
  • Depression
  • Weight Management
  • Smoking Cessation

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