Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary health care that combines traditional forms of medicine with a contemporary understanding of health and disease. A naturopathic doctor’s (ND) intention is to address any obvious or subtle imbalances in one’s body, mind, and spirit. NDs are committed to helping people of all ages suffering from chronic or acute illness and those who are seeking advice on health optimization and disease prevention as well as wellness care.
Services used in a naturopathic practice include:
- Acupuncture /Asian medicine
- Botanical medicine
- Clinical nutrition
- Homeopathic medicine
- Lifestyle counselling
- Laboratory assessment and diagnosis
- Diagnostic Allergy Testing
- IV Therapy
Acupuncture is a form of health care that evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners have used this non-invasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people become well and stay well.
The practitioner will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points on the body to promote natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, physical and emotional health. It is a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems and improve overall function and well-being.
Botanical medicine utilizes diverse plant substances from around the world for their powerful healing and nutritional value. Contemporary research is ever-revealing the true understated value of botanicals in both their constituents and as whole plants.
Nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. Some foods help you heal, while others damage your body and contribute to chronic illness. A healthy diet – consisting of the right balance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fats, anti-oxidants, fiber and amino acids – is the most important tool for your body to manage stress and prevent and recover from illness.
Homeopathic medicine is a natural, nontoxic therapeutic system of healing that assists in the inherent ability of the body to heal itself. Homeopathic medicines or “remedies” use minute amounts of plant, mineral or animal substances to retune the body or mind. The symptoms of disease are regarded as the body’s own defensive attempt to correct its imbalance, rather than as enemies to be defeated.
Lifestyle habits, pattern behaviors and mental attitudes and emotional wellbeing are priorities in a wellness centre such as evolve. Counselling in conjunction with other naturopathic therapies can provide support for those dealing with depression, fatigue, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), work-related stress, relationship issues, life transitions, and health problems, particularly chronic health problems.
NDs in BC have full laboratory capabilities and make use of the variety of testing methods in diagnosing health concerns. Salivary hormone tests, food allergy tests and toxicity tests are commonly used in addition to conventional blood testing.