Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive and natural approach to improving health and treating illness. It is a distinct profession of primary health care providers who emphasize preventative medicine and the promotion of optimal health through patient-centered education and individualized treatment.
The primary goal of naturopathic medicine is to address the cause of illness, rather than simply treat or suppress symptoms. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) view their patients from a holistic perspective and therefore consider the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical aspects of a person when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.
What Treatments Do Naturopathic Doctors Use?
Dr. Victoria Resendes is a Toronto based qualified and licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, with a total of 7 years of university and college education and training. As a practitioner of naturopathic medicine, she routinely uses the following therapies when creating treatment plans: Clinical Nutrition, Botanical/Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Traditional Asian Medicine & Acupuncture, and Lifestyle Counselling. See more detailed descriptions below.
Common Conditions Treated By Naturopathic Doctors
Virtually all health conditions can benefit from naturopathic care. Health conditions commonly treated by Naturopathic Doctors include the following:
- Acute & Chronic Muscle Pain
- Allergies & Asthma
- Anxiety & Depression
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Back Pain
- Cancer Prevention
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Colds and Flu
- Detoxification / Cleansing
- Digestive Problems
- Poor Memory/Concentration
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Headaches and Migraines
- High Cholesterol/Blood Pressure
- Pediatric Conditions
- Skin Conditions (Acne, Eczema, etc.)
- Weight Management & Eating Disorders
Women's Health Concerns such as:
- Cervical Dysplasia & HPV
- Infertility, etc.
Men's Health Concerns such as:
- Prostate Health
- Erectile Dysfunction, etc.
All initial appointments take between 60-90 minutes. This amount of time is needed to obtain an in-depth health history as well as an overall picture of mental, emotional and physical factors affecting your current health status. If necessary, a complaint-oriented physical exam is performed and an individualized treatment plan is then created to best address your personal health goals.
Clinical Nutrition serves to examine the relationship between health and diet. Dietary changes or substitutions are often recommended, and treatment may also include the addition of nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes or other nutraceuticals.
The use of Botanical/Herbal Medicine for healing can be traced back to the beginning of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. It involves the use of various plant parts (leaves, flowers, bark & roots) to treat disease and improve overall health.
Based on the principle of "like cures like", Homeopathic Medicine uses dilute amounts of natural substances to stimulate the self-healing abilities of the body. It is a gentle, non-toxic form of treatment and can be safely used in infants, children, pregnant mothers and patients on various medications.
TRADITIONAL ASIAN MEDICINE & ACUPUNCTURE
Based on balancing the flow of Qi (energy), Traditional Asian Medicine includes the use of acupuncture and Oriental herbs. Acupuncture can be defined as the technique of inserting thin needles through the skin at specific points on the body to control pain and other symptoms. For years it has been used to effectively treat both acute and chronic conditions ranging from muscle/joint pains to digestive issues and hormonal imbalances.
FACIAL REJUVENATION ACUPUNCTURE
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is an entirely natural, non-toxic, health-promoting treatment using the time-tested methods of Acupuncture to erase years from your face - safely, painlessly and without surgery. It treats from the inside out to create radiant health, and enhances your appearance by diminishing the signs of stress and ageing.
More and more, people are beginning to realize that physical, emotional, nutritional and environmental factors are all important contributors to one's health and well being. Lifestyle counselling teaches patients how to deal positively with stressors of daily life, and helps educate patients on methods of stress reduction and management.