WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
Naturopathic Medicine combines the art and science of disease treatment and prevention through the use of natural therapies and gentle hands-on-techniques. Naturopathic Doctors (ND) provide services that are complementary to conventional medicine and work with other members of your health care team. ND's are specialists in Natural Medicine and Preventative health care, integrating scientific knowledge with traditional healing wisdom.
A Naturopathic Doctor considers the mind, body and spirit of the patient when making a treatment assessment to support and promote the body's natural healing process, leading to a person's highest state of wellness. Conditions treated by Naturopathic Medicine include both acute and chronic illnesses.
PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
- The Healing Power of Nature - The body has the inherent ability to heal itself
- Doctor as Teacher - The doctor should educate and motivate the patient in all
aspects of their healing
- Treat the Cause - By finding the original cause and treating it, all symptoms will
- Treat the Whole Person - The whole body is affected by a disease. Treating
single parts of the patient may only lead to more complications
- Do No Harm - Therapies used on the patient should stimulate healing without
harmful side effects
- Prevention - Prevention is the best cure. By educating and treating before
diseases set in, Naturopathic Doctors seek to maintain a high level of health for
Asian Medicine and Acupuncture
Based on balancing the flow of Chi (energy) through the meridian pathways, Oriental medicine includes the use of acupuncture and herbs.
Clinical nutrition examines the relationship between diet and health. Special diets may be recommended, and treatments may include nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutraceuticals.
The use of plants for healing dates back to the beginning of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharacology. Plant substances from around the world are used for their healing effects and nutritional value.
Based on the principle of "like cures like", homeopathic medicine was developed in the 1700's. Minute amounts of natural substances are used to stimulate the body's self-healing ability.
Physical, emotional, nutritional and environmental factors affect health. ND's help patients to make effective lifestyle choices.
A variety of hands-on techniques for the spine, joints and soft tissue are used. Physical treatments also include hydrotherapy, and the therapeutic use of heat and cold, light, massage and ultrasound.
An ND may combine 2 or 3 types of treatment which will be the most effective for your treatment program.
The most common health conditions treating include...
|• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Weight Management
• Arthritis, osteoarthritis
• Hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart conditions
• Digestion, constipation, diarrhea
• Women's conditions (menopause, HRT, PMS...)
| • Infertility
• Back and muscle pain
• Anxiety and depression
• Colds and flus
• Ear and throat infections
• Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne
Karamvir S. Bains received his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in 2002. Prior to that he had received is Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Biology, from the University of Waterloo in 1997. Since then, he has taught part-time at the Canadian College of Medicine in the areas of Anatomy, Differential Diagnosis and in the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine.
Karamvir is also a certified Personal Trainer and is a member of The American Council of Exercise (ACE). He has trained many clients over the last several years in fitness clubs across Ontario.