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Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary health care that promotes wellness and prevention of illness or disease. Naturopathic doctors are highly-educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. Naturopathic medicine plays an important role in integrative health care, and treatments can be used on their own or together with conventional medicine.

As a distinct system of primary healthcare, naturopathic medicine addresses the root causes of illness. Naturopathic medicine supports the body's own healthy ability using treatments and prevention techniques that include acupuncture/Asian medicine, botanical medicine, physical medicine (such as massage and hydrotherapy), clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, and lifestyle counseling.

Our Education

Naturopathic doctors are highly educated primary care providers. Naturopathic medical students complete a four-year full-time program after graduating from a university undergraduate program. The naturopathic medical program encompasses basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics and 1200 hours of supervised clinical experience. Graduates must pass two sets of provincial licensing board exams and maintain ongoing continuing education.

Who is Naturopathic Medicine For?

Naturopathic medicine is for people of all ages and health histories who want to take their health into their own hands. ND's are primary health providers and are qualified to see and treat everyone, though some ND's specialize in specific areas, such as pediatrics, geriatrics, cancer care, sports medicine, digestive health, pain management, etc.

What conditions can Naturopathic medicine Treat?

As primary health-care providers, naturopathic doctors manage a variety of conditions, including:

  • Digestive complaints such as GERD, IBS, IBD, constipation, food intolerances
  • Stress management
  • Respiratory complaints, such as allergies, asthma, colds and flus
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • Hormone problems, for example, acne, infertility, menstrual complaints
  • Pain management, for example, arthritis, and sports injuries
  • Diabetes (Type 2)
  • Cardiovascular diseases such as cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Regulation

    Naturopathic Doctors are the only regulated health professionals in the field of Natural Medicine in Ontario. Naturopathic Doctors are regulated in Ontario under the 1925 Drugless Therapy Act and are licensed by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDT-N). The task of the BDDT-N is to ensure that Naturopathic Doctors are appropriately qualified to practice Naturopathic Medicine and that they follow the correct standards of practice.

    In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, participation in many provincial and federal health committee initiatives, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research.

    Treatment Methods

    Naturopathic Medicine, or Naturopathy is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Naturopathic medicine integrates medical and laboratory sciences, and physical and clinical diagnosis skills with a proficient understanding of the interconnection of systems to provide an authoritative view of whole body health.

    It provides the patient with a perspective on health that is different from the current disease-focused model and considers their vital force (vis medicatrix naturae) just as it considers their environment, life experiences, ability to adapt and the totality of physical symptoms and responses.

    On Treatment

    With this understanding, the Naturopathic Doctor is able to approach health care complaints, with the more lasting approach of treating the cause of the problem. Naturopathic medical philosophy encourages the body’s innate wisdom to heal and favors a holistic approach using the least invasive measures necessary for the improvement or resolution of dis-ease.

    In treatment, Naturopathic Medicine blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine that are safe and effective. It also incorporates modern and traditional mind-body approaches to health and disease.

    Each treatment plan is created specifically for the individual and is reassessed and adjusted as the body responds:

  • Plant-based Medicines
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Hydrotherapy and other self-care
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
  • Lifestyle Assessment and Counseling
  • Homeopathic medicines
  • Biotherapeutic drainage
  • Vitamin and mineral therapies
  • Mind-body therapies
  • Other Advanced Mind-Body and Bioenergetics Therapies

    Bowen Therapy

    Developed in Australia by the late Tom Bowen (1916-1982). Bowen Therapy, named such after Mr. Bowen's passing, is a system of moves that challenges soft tissue, releases its congestion and stimulates energy flow, it relieves pain and inflammation, and is an overall tonic to the body's innate ability to heal itself. It's positive effects on nerve, muscle and connective tissue provides lasting relief from pain and misalignment in the simplest and most effective manner. For more than 40 years it has been used successfully to treat tens of thousands of people suffering from a huge variety of ailments. Many saying it is the most effective, long lasting and relaxing treatment they have ever experienced.

    Bowen Therapy is safe for everyone, from newborns to the old-aged, it is safe to use as a treatment for both acute and chronic conditions. Bowen Therapy relieves the body's reactive patterns to injury, pain and misalignment through a series of relaxing and gentle moves on specific points on the body. The moves are light, usually performed through clothing, making it a simple to receive therapy for those in severe pain and immobility. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Bowen Therapy are 'pauses' of time that are given between sets of therapeutic moves during a treatment session. It is this 'pause' of time provided between sets of Bowen Therapy moves that enables the body the time to respond. Without this 'pause' there would be no difference between Bowen Therapy and other forms of bodywork, it is unique.

    Auricular Medicine

    Auricular Medicine is an energetic reflex technique in which the pulse and filters are used to detect points on the ear. The points that show up on the ear can indicate the location of specific imbalances within the body. Through the use of filters we are able to identify specific dysfunctions within the body.

    Auricular Medicine is a specialized field of Energetic Medicine. Training consists of a one year program with the prerequisite that a recognized Medical program has already been completed.

    Auricular Medicine in conjunction with conventional medical tests can find and treat the cause of disease. Many conditions, acute and chronic, can be treated by Auricular Medicine.

    Lab Services:

    At Your Family Naturopath, Dr. Andrea Bull, ND offers laboratory testing from various laboratories in the United States and Canada to provide comprehensive individual health assessments diagnoses.

    Here are some of the more commonly used tests:

  • Conventional Blood Work (LifeLabs)
  • IgG Food Sensitivity/Allergy Testing
  • Hair mineral and toxic metal analysis
  • Female/Male Salivary Hormone Profiles
  • Drinking Water Analysis
  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
  • Bio Impedance Assessment (measures body composition)
  • Neurotransmitter Testing
  • Blood tests

    Blood is an accurate measure and marker of various health conditions in the body. During your initial visit we will discuss working with your medical doctor to ensure that the appropriate blood tests are completed.

    All medical reports, such as MRI's, X-rays or scans and previous blood work are valuable assets to use during the assessment of your health concerns. You may be asked to provide these results if necessary during your visits.