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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care profession combining effective traditional therapies with current advances in modern medicine to prevent and treat illness. Its focus is on the patient as a whole with the understanding that each person needs a personalized treatment plan aimed at the root cause of what is ailing them without suppressing their signs and symptoms. Naturopathic medicine is appropriate for any individual of any age who is interested in being involved and proactive in their healthcare.

Licensed naturopathic doctors (ND’s) are the most highly trained practitioners in the broadest scope of natural medical modalities. ND’s are required to complete at least 3 years of standard pre-med studies at a recognized university before going on to 4 years at an accredited naturopathic medical school. Here, in addition to the basic medical sciences, pharmacology, and conventional diagnostics, education includes nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), manipulative therapies, and counseling. Upon graduation, ND’s must pass standardized North American licensing exams before practicing and are required to regularly attend continuing education seminars.

 Modalities

The following naturopathic modalities are combined and tailored to the needs of the individual in a way that acknowledges the patient as a participant. Every patient is treated as a unique case and is provided with undivided attention and care.

Primary Care

Naturopathic physicians are general practitioners trained as specialists in natural medicine. In practice, they perform physical examinations and use laboratory testing as part of their assessment.

Clinical Nutrition

ND’s understand that what you eat is the basis for your health. Adopting a healthy diet is often the first step towards correcting health problems. Many medical conditions can be treated very effectively with foods and nutritional supplements with little or no complications or side effects.

Botanical Medicine

Many pharmaceutical drugs have their origins in plant extracts. However, the plant used as a whole rather than its parts provides a greater and more natural effect. Naturopathic doctors use plants alone or in combination as needed for their healing effects and nutritional value. They are given in many forms such as teas, capsules, or tinctures.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Naturopathic doctors are trained in the fundamentals of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and diagnosis. They use acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbal medicines to promote healing. Dr. Jennifer Pyatt is certified to provide facial rejuvenation (cosmetic) acupuncture.

Lifestyle Counseling

Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements in healing and disease. Naturopathic physicians are trained in counseling, nutritional balancing, and stress management. They also attend to environmental and lifestyle factors that affect their patients’ health.

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is over 200 years old and was widely used prior to the advent of pharmaceuticals. This modality is the most individualized form of treatment offered by ND’s. It involves a highly detailed case taking to find the remedy that matches your signs and symptoms or constitution, as each medicine encompasses a certain picture of symptoms, similar to trying to find the right key to fit a lock. The effectiveness of homeopathy depends upon attention to detail; when done properly it is one of the most powerful medicines used. Both Dr. Matthew and Jennifer Pyatt have taken advanced training in homeopathy.

Physical Medicine

Naturopathic medicine includes hydrotherapy (water therapy), gentle massage & manipulation, and heat & cold techniques. Dr. Jennifer Pyatt has taken additional training in cranialsacral therapy.

Intravenous (IV) Therapy

Nutritional and medicinal substances are injected directly into the bloodstream to be used in a wide range of conditions, from colds and flus to chronic fatigue and heavy metal toxicity. Dr. Matthew Pyatt is certified to provide intravenous therapy and has taken additional education in IV cancer therapy.

What to expect

A first visit is 1.5 hours long and encompasses a complete history taking and complaint oriented physical examination. The objective of the session is to obtain a full picture of the patient’s health prior to beginning treatment, which will then be tailored to meet the individual’s needs and goals.

Follow up visits are 30 minutes or longer and their frequency will depend upon the treatments prescribed. Under their ND’s guidance, patients are encouraged to be involved in follow up planning.

It is recommended to do the following prior to your first visit:

Check with your insurance provider for naturopathic medical coverage (note that both Drs. Pyatt are licensed ND’s)

It is helpful if you can obtain recent blood work and other test results from your MD, although not necessary (ND’s can order blood work but it is not currently covered under AB healthcare)

Fill in the intake forms provided in the introductory package, which can be mailed or given to you upon booking

Please click here to download our Naturopathic Intake forms