Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that addresses the root causes of illness, and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. The therapies used in naturopathic practice at the RSNC include: traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), botanical medicine, physical medicine (massage, hydrotherapy, etc.), nutrition, homeopathic medicine, lifestyle counselling.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

TCM is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for thousands of years and incorporates acupuncture, acupressure, diet, massage, and Asian herbs and foods. TCM in its various outputs is often used to treat back pain, fatigue, nausea, migraines and other chronic pain concerns, allergies, skin problems, urinary tract infections, immune deficiencies, chronic fatigue, and respiratory conditions (asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, etc.)
According to TCM, when your energy flow, or Qi (pronounced “chi”) is out of balance, your body cannot adapt to stress, making you more likely to develop chronic illness and pain. TCM seeks to relieve these imbalances by adjusting the circulation of Qi and balancing the forces of yin and yang energy. A harmonious flow of Qi, achieved by balancing cold and heat, internal and external, yin and yang, will help sustain long-term physical, mental and emotional health.

Botanical medicine

Botanical medicine utilizes diverse plant substances from around the world for their powerful healing and nutritional values. People have long used thousands of indigenous plants for treatment of various ailments. The flowers, roots, leaves or oils of a plant may be used in the remedy. Therapy may take the form of teas, tinctures, ointments, essential oils, and supplements.

It is important to note that some herbal remedies have the potential to cause adverse drug interactions when used in combination with various prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. At RSNC, your naturopathic doctor or intern will carefully review your current health situation before recommending a specific botanical remedy or combination.


Good nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. Like medicines and drugs, foods affect the way your body functions: 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, anti-oxidants, fibre and amino acids–is the most important tool for your body to manage stress and prevent and recover from illness.

At RSNC, your intern or ND may ask you to keep a diet diary, which is the first step in helping to determine food allergies, sensitivities, digestive issues, risk for disease associated with diet, and overall diet quality. Clinicians can then recommend dietary changes to support healthy living and treat any underlying conditions through nutrient-rich foods, nutritional supplements, and IV therapy.

Homeopathic medicine

Homeopathic medicine is a natural, nontoxic therapeutic system of healing that uses minute amounts of plant, mineral or animal substances to stimulate the inherent ability of the body to heal itself.

Homeopathy restores the body to homeostasis, or healthy balance, which is considered its natural state. The symptoms of a disease are regarded as the body's own defensive attempt to correct its imbalance, rather than as enemies to be defeated. Homeopathic remedies are designed to stimulate this internal curative process rather than suppress the symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are particularly effective for depression, anxiety, allergies, infections, gynecological concerns, skin conditions, digestive problems , chronic and acute conditions including colds and flu. The causes of your symptoms are unique to you; therefore, your intern or ND will examine the cause of your pain or illness before prescribing appropriate homeopathic remedies.

Physical medicine

Physical medicine works in two ways. Firstly, it restores structural soundness to the skeletal system, joints, and soft tissue. Secondly, it builds immunity and supports healing and detoxification.

At RSNC, we offer many ways to improve your well-being, recover from your injuries and strengthen your immune system. You may be referred to our pain management and sports medicine clinic for certain health concerns, such as chronic pain, arthritis, sports injuries, and muscle strains. Treatments offered include various massage techniques, muscle-stretching, manipulation of the spine and extremities, infra-red sauna, hydrotherapy (which includes hot and cold packs, steam baths, hot and cold baths, sauna, peat baths etc.)

Lifestyle counselling

To achieve the best results from your naturopathic treatment, you need to understand and practice the principles of healthy living. By helping you identify and adjust the habits that contribute to ill health, your intern or ND will help you maintain wellness over the long term.

Mental attitudes and emotions are important elements in overall health and should be considered when treating illness and disease. As part of their education, NDs are trained in various counselling techniques. Lifestyle 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.

Satellite Clinics

The Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic operates five teaching clinics in conjunction with community health centres. Fourth-year interns, under the supervision of clinic faculty, provide naturopathic medical care at these sites once a week, throughout the year. The satellite clinic program gives students and faculty the opportunity to bring naturopathic care to under-served populations and at the same time exposes them to a range of medical conditions that they may not encounter at the RSNC main clinic.