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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a unique approach to improving your health and treating illness. It is based on strengthening and stimulating your body's ability to heal itself while minimizing side-effects. It uses a combination of natural medicines and physical therapies. Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine (ND’s) are specialists in natural medicine and preventative health care, integrating scientific knowledge with traditional therapies.

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I guide and help you achieve health by removing barriers to wellness while you are receiving treatment for your condition. The following treatment methods are used:

Nutritional Medicine
Nutritional Medicine, as practiced in naturopathic medicine, is the scientific study and use of food as the basic foundation for health. Proper nutrition and digestion are the most fundamental indicators of current and future well-being. If indicated, vitamin, minerals and natural substances are also incorporated to treat the deficiencies and disease process. back to top

Acupuncture
Based on Traditional Chinese medicine, Naturopathic doctors employ acupuncture to stimulate energy in the body, relieve acute and chronic pain, or treat the underlying disease process. Acupuncture is useful in many conditions like insomnia, anxiety and depression to digestive and hormonal disorders.

Botanical Medicine
Herbs are used in its whole form to treat various common diseases. By using the whole herb, side-effects are minimized. The goal of Naturopathic doctors is to treat the condition without creating adverse effects. back to top

Homeopathic Medicine
Natural substances, like plants and minerals, are used. Treatments is based on viewing the symptoms you present with as an outward manifestation of the disease process and using these signals to strengthen the body’s ability to heal itself rather than just eliminating or suppressing the symptoms. Physical conditions as well as mental and emotional problems can be helped with homeopathic medicine.

Naturopathic Bodywork
Includes several different types of hands-on treatments. Many physical complaints are treated using these therapies such as muscular pain and circulatory/ lymphatic disorders.back to top

Special Services
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Naturopathic Weight Management Program
This program is designed for people with weight issues. We focus on natural methods of weight loss or weight gain. The program is geared towards your individual needs and requirements but will always include a individual nutritional program and cardiovascular/ weight training. A full naturopathic medical assessment and comprehensive body composition analysis is done to determine and treat any metabolic or functional barriers towards optimal health. Please contact us for more information.

Sports Medicine
The importance of non-invasive treatment technique and optimum performance is the focus. Increased activity levels, sweating, and tissue wear and tear result in unique metabolic demands. Through the use of nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture we are able to provide athletes with natural treatment for injury and alleviation of acute and chronic pain, thereby allowing injury and recovery time to be diminished without long-term adverse effects on the body. Please contact us for more information.

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Group Wellness Initiatives
This program is designed for corporate or community needs. We provide onsite educational seminars and naturopathic services to meet the exact needs of your company/ group. Our goal is to educate and serve the Calgary businesses and communities in order to optimize personal health and wellness. Please contact us for more information. We also provide educational institutions free, dynamic presentations tailored towards inspiring youth from all ages to take charge of their health and fitness. If you, or anyone you know is in the school system and would like to arrange a session, please contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What training do ND’s receive?
Like a medical doctor, dentist or chiropractor, a naturopathic doctor is required to complete pre-medical studies at university. A four-year full time program follows at an accredited Naturopathic college prior to writing naturopathic board exams and obtaining licensure. back to top

What methods of treatment are utilized?
Nutrition
Botanical medicine
Acupuncture
Homeopathy
Naturopathic Bodywork – Bowen and Hydrotherapy back to top

What illnesses and conditions can benefit?
Virtually all conditions seen by a general practitioner may benefit from naturopathic treatment. For example:
• Allergies and Environmental sensitivities
• Arthritis and Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne
• Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Heart pain
• Digestive disorders, Constipation, IBS
• Cancer and Autoimmune diseases
• Endocrine disorders – thyroid, diabetes
• Organ diseases – hepatitis, pancreatitis
• Chronic fatigue syndrome Fibromyalgia
• Infections, Musculo-skeletal injuries
• Women’s and Men’s Conditions
• Prenatal and Pediatric Health
• Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, ADD
• Infertility – depending on the root cause

What’s the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor and my family physician?
Family physicians (and physician specialists) are trained to recognize diseases. They focus on diagnosing and treating disease by killing a causative agent (using antibiotics) or by relieving symptoms (using pain killers) or by providing a synthetic substance (like hormones). Naturopathic physicians focus on strengthening the body using the above treatment methods to eliminate the illness or medical condition.back to top

What should I expect on the first visit?
In order to understand the unique needs of each patient, your naturopathic assessment is very comprehensive, and quite different from a visit to your MD. You will be asked to complete a detailed health questionnaire, designed to help identify your health needs and to provide us with a complete medical history. Accurate and meaningful assessment is critical to make a precise diagnosis. As such, your first visit will be at least one hour to 1.5 hours. Follow up appointments average 30 minutes in length.

How much does a visit cost?
The fee guideline set out by the Alberta Association of Naturopathic Practitioners suggests an hourly rate starting at $125. Since the first visit is 1.5 hours an initial visit is $145 and subsequent visit is $85. GST is extra
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Does Alberta Health cover ND visits?
Naturopathic medicine is not currently covered by provincial health care. However, most private insurance plans cover naturopathic treatments.

What are the hours of operation?
Click here for the hours.

Do I need to book and appointment?
Due to the limited number of hours, booking and appointment would be most convenient. However, we do accept walk-ins during our hours of operation.

Any concerns I should be aware of?
A governing body to ensure safe and ethical advice regulates naturopathic Doctors. However, the law currently does not protect the title Naturopathic doctor so people with different levels of training and knowledge may call themselves Naturopathic doctors. To ensure safety, always verify that your naturopathic doctor is a graduate of an accredited college and is licensed under the Alberta Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (AANP).
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