Integrative, functional & holistic healthcare
Naturopathic Medicine is a primary care system of health care that integrates the art and science of medicine into a practice that respects the innate ability of the human body to heal and repair itself given the appropriate conditions. Using traditional and natural forms of medicine to treat a wide spectrum of health concerns, the focus of the naturopathic philosophy is to uncover the fundamental cause of a disease, dysfunction, or symptom; bring the body into balance, support its ability to heal, and sustain the conditions required for optimal health to thrive in.
Therapies, or modalities, which Naturopathic Doctors may use, can include, but are not limited to: clinical nutrition, physical medicine, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, stress management and counseling techniques, botanical and herbal medicines, and homeopathy. The patient is treated as a whole person within a dynamic environment – the understanding is that the person is treated, not the symptom. These therapies can be used to restore health and prevent disease exclusively, or they may be used to complement other forms of medicine, or used in combination.
The Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine
First, Do no Harm
Naturopathic Doctors are trained to use the most minimally invasive therapies with few to no side effects in order to restore optimal health. Therapeutic actions are aimed at complementing the body’s ability to heal, rather than suppressing symptoms without addressing the underlying cause of the disease or dysfunction.
The Healing Power of Nature
The role of the Naturopathic Doctor is to facilitate the body’s ability to heal itself by identifying and removing obstacles to cure, then, to support and nurture the maintenance of optimal health.
Identify and Treat the Cause
The idea behind a Naturopathic Doctor’s process is to continually be asking “why” symptoms are present, and elucidate the web-like interaction of the various inputs (physical, biochemical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental, chemical, social, etc.) and how they conspire to produce the symptom picture of the patient.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic Medicine always puts symptoms, diseases, and dysfunctions into context with regards to the whole person, and the environment that they exist in.
Doctor as Teacher
The word “doctor” is derived from the Latin “docere” – to teach. The ultimate goal of a Naturopathic Doctor is to empower his patients to take responsibility for their own health process.
Licensed Naturopathic Doctors in British Columbia, Canada, have graduated from one of six accredited colleges in Canada and the United States, and undergo the following training:
- minimum of 3 years pre-medical studies;
- 4 years study at an accredited naturopathic college;
- over 1500 hours supervised clinical experience;
- 2 sets of licensing board exams;
- ongoing continuing education.
In British Columbia, Naturopathic Doctors are licensed and regulated by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC).
What to Expect at Your Visit
Initial Visit (60mins)
An in-depth review of your health concerns and goals, applicable physical exam and naturopathic assessment. Following this consultation, your naturopathic doctor will review and research your case in order to develop a personalized wellness plan before your second visit.• Please plan to arrive 10mins early, and/or download and complete intake forms prior to your visit;• Laboratory and/or diagnostic testing may be required to acquire accurate and specific information about your health condition.
Second Visit (45mins)
Options will be discussed for naturopathic care, specifically tailored to you. It is our doctors’ goal to always ensure you feel involved in, and empowered to make informed and educated healthcare decisions.
Follow-Up Visits (45mins)
Follow-up visits are scheduled to monitor your progress, and, if necessary, to refine and expand your plan of care. Some treatment protocols may involve more regular visits for in-clinic treatments initially. As you regain a sense of vitality, visits will focus on health maintenance and the sustenance of healthy processes through the development of a personalized prevention plan.
The frequency of visits will depend on the pace of your progress, the type of therapies you undergo, and the amount of support you require to implement your plan.
You may be provided with tips, tricks and tools to implement outside the office on a daily and/or ongoing basis, that will complement and help to sustain any specific therapeutic modalities.Treatment programs may vary in time, timing and commitment depending on each individual situation. Your ND is always willing to openly discuss your ongoing care. After initial health concerns are addressed, it is recommended to visit your Naturopathic Doctor on a maintenance-bases every 4-6 months.
Naturopathic Medicine Rates
Initial Session // 60mins // $180-200
Subsequent Sessions // 45mins // $80-120
B12 Injections // $25
See our Naturopathic Dispensary & Laboratory page for further pricing on products & advanced laboratory services.