Naturopathic Medicine is a system of primary health care using natural therapies, such as nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, physical medicine and lifestyle counseling to prevent and treat illness.
Naturopathic doctors strive to follow 6 principles:
- Primum non nocere – first to do no harm
- Vis medicatrix naturae – to co-operate with the healing powers of nature
- Tolle causum – to address and treat the fundamental cause of disease, not to just palliate the symptoms
- Docere – doctor as teacher, to encourage, provide guidance and encourage patient responsibility for their own health
- Tolle totum – to treat the whole person, as a unique individual
- To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, at the individual, community and global levels
Conditions we treat
Naturopathic doctors are primary care practitioners, meaning they treat a wide variety of health concerns, similar to family physicians. Commonly treated conditions include: colds, flus, allergies, arthritis, PMS, dysmenorrhea, menopause, thyroid conditions, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, ADD/ADHD, autism, depression & anxiety, insomnia, skin conditions, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, digestive concerns, weight loss, fertility concerns and many more.
What to expect on your 1st visit
Your first visit at the WIHC is the time for your N.D. to gather information about you and your health concerns. During this time you will be asked many questions about your current and past health history. Your N.D. will perform a comprehensive physical examination, and may ask you for a urine sample. Gynecological and breast exams are not routinely done on the first visit, but can be performed upon request. This visit typically takes 1 ½ hours.
Your Second Visit
During your second visit, you will receive your report from your N.D. This includes a diagnosis and treatment plan, detailed and printed out for you to take home. It will include suggestions using any or all of the therapies employed by N.D.’s, including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, physical therapies and lifestyle counseling. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions during this visit, and if acupuncture is recommended, you can receive your first session during this time. This is generally a 1 hour visit.
Any subsequent visits are usually a ½ hour, whether they are for an acupuncture treatment, a progress follow-up, an acute illness, or any other reason.
Services We Offer
Core Naturopathic Treatments: We routinely use all of the core Naturopathic Treatment methods including: Clinical Nutrition, Botanical & Herbal Medicines, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Physical Medicine and Lifestyle Counselling
Food sensitivity testing, salivary hormone testing, neurotransmitter testing, hair-mineral analysis and heavy metal testing. Blood testing including: complete blood count (CBC), thyroid testing, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, blood glucose and more, urinalysis, gynaecological testing including Pap tests, and cultures.
Hormone Balancing & Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
Healthy hormone balance is critical to good health. As we age, undergo stress, and are exposed to environmental chemicals or poor food choices, hormones can become imbalanced. Some conditions associated with hormone imbalance include:
- Brain fog
- Weight gain, difficulty losing weight, or loss of muscle mass
- Anxiety, depression or mood swings
- Menstrual irregularities
- Hot flashes & nights sweats
- Sexual dysfunction, decreased libido or vaginal dryness
- Hair loss/thinning
- Thyroid dysfunction
At the Wallace Integrated Health Centre, we believe in treating the whole person in order to achieve optimal health. You will receive a thorough individualized assessment including detailed medical history and physical exam, and any necessary testing (possibly including salivary hormone testing or blood work). This information will be used to create an individual treatment plan which may include dietary & lifestyle changes, herbal medicine, vitamin and mineral supplementation, acupuncture, and/or bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
BHRT uses hormones made from natural sources (such as soy or wild yams) to create hormones which are identical to human hormones. Bio-identical hormones bind to our receptors, and are broken down in the same way as our own hormones, resulting in less harmful by-products than conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is made from hormones found in horse urine. This usually means less side effects and less risks with BHRT versus conventional HRT. Bio-identical hormones can be individually compounded to the exact level that each person needs and are often given topically (in creams or gels), which means that lower doses can be used.
Salivary Hormone Testing is the preferred method of monitoring hormone levels, especially for someone interested in BHRT, as it reflects actual functional levels of hormones in the body. It is more sensitive than blood testing and allows us to more accurately determine an individual’s hormone balance.
Childhood Illness Consults
Vaccinations are regarded as one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Without a doubt, they have changed health care in North America and around the world. However, more and more parents are concerned about the safety of the vaccinations that their children are receiving. As with any medical therapy, there are both benefits and risks associated with vaccines.
During a special one hour consult, you will review the current Ontario vaccine schedule, and discuss your child’s individual health status and their risk factors for various infectious diseases. You will also discuss nutritional and naturopathic support during vaccination to maximize the efficacy of the vaccine, and minimize any side effects. This will help you feel confident that you have all the tools to keep your child as healthy as possible. (In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors do not administer vaccines).
Naturopathic “Cold & Flu Clinic:” Available annually, this homeopathic & herbal immune booster can be used to help protect you and your family against colds and flus throughout the winter months. It is safe for seniors and children and is taken by mouth, not through an injection. Although October is the most popular month for immune boosting, the “cold & flu clinic” is available year round. You will also receive information on lifestyle and nutritional techniques for cold & flu prevention.