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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

The answer is simpler than you think. Medicine is the art and science of healing. This includes diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease. This part is easy to explain. The word Naturopathic refers to the approach to medicine.

This approach can be well explained by 3 of our founding principles.

  1. Determine the root cause of disease and treat at its core

This goes beyond simply suppressing symptoms, which while sometimes necessary, rarely leads to long-term health & wellness. Our approach seeks to connect the dots between seemingly unrelated symptoms and understand what systems need to be supported.

  1. Treat the whole person

This is based on our understanding that the body and mind is a complex and connected system. You cannot treat one part of the body without having an impact on another. You cannot treat the mind without treating the body and vice versa. We keep this in mind when developing plans for each patient.

  1. Trust and support the body’s own healing system

The human body is intuitive and equipped with its own defence system. Sometimes this goes haywire and sometimes it needs help but ultimately it will always try to protect you and bring you back to balance. Our interventions are aimed to redirect and support this defence system as it is needed.


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What to expect when seeing a Naturopathic Doctor?

To start, you can expect lots and lots of questions. This is so we can get to the root cause and help us figure out how to best help you. Each case is different and every treatment plan is tailored specifically for you. Even with the same condition, treatment plans can look quite different as they reflect the individual person and their unique needs.

You can also expect to be involved in decision making for your own health. Doctor as teacher is a foundation of naturopathic medicine so expect to be included in the entire process and to leave with a better understanding of your body and how to best support it. We are here to listen as much as to make recommendations.

Call now to schedule your examination at our Burlington office at (289) 337-6255.

You can trust that your treatment plan will be informed by the best available evidence and research. Medicine is an art and a science and our approach reflects this. Naturopathic doctors are always learning and trying to improve our standards for best care.

You can also expect that our toolbox is a bit different from other healthcare providers you may have seen. Our recommendations may include nutrition & dietary advice, botanical medicines, high-quality supplements, and acupuncture.


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