Clinic hours: Mon to Thu – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Suite 221, 9148-23 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6N 1H9
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Basic Naturopathic Therapies

Basic naturopathic therapies are the main services that a naturopathic doctor will use when treating a patient. After consulting with the patient, the doctor will determine which basic naturopathic services should be used and how they could be used to treat the causes of a patient’s health problems. The doctor will then review with the patient what is causing the health problem and how these basic therapies are used to remedy the condition.

Clinical Nutrition Therapy

The doctor will examine the patient’s diet in detail and establish whether there is anything in the patent’s diet that is causing their health problems, if they are reacting to foods.

We work with our patients to implement changes that will work for the patient. We don’t immediately put everyone on a vegetarian or a low carb diet and we don’t put people on a restrictive gluten-free or dairy-free diet if it’s not necessary.

We examine the patient’s eating habits, when they eat, what they are doing through the day, what their schedule is like and how any changes will be implemented.

For example if someone is skipping breakfast, is busy all day, has no time and can’t get a chance to cook a meal (and so is eating nutrient-impoverished fast food as a staple of their diet) we might recommend they do the week’s cooking on Sunday, package it up for suppers for the week and have a simple cereal for breakfast and a healthy wrap for lunch. Then when they get home they don’t have to cook; they just reheat supper.

We always find what will work for the patient, something that will fit their schedule and lifestyle. We formulate therapeutic diets that are easy to follow. [BACK TO TOP]

Vitamins and Supplements Therapy

We will often recommend supplements and vitamins for their therapeutic effects to our patients. We always keep it simple and we never use shopping bags of supplements in a shotgun effect. It is common that we will recommend 1 to 4 products to our patients.

Many vitamins have very therapeutic effects that have been scientifically researched. For example, Vitamin C has been shown in scientific studies to reduce exercise-induced asthma by up to 48%. There are many other examples of different vitamins that are used therapeutically, as verified by scientific research.

The products that we use are the ones that we have the most experience with. As our doctors have over 20 years experience, we will recommend specific products that we know work in most situations.

We do carry a limited supply of our products on site but patients are not required to purchase them from us. They are free to choose products anywhere they would like. The pharmacy in our building carries a number of the products that we recommend.

If a patient chooses to find a product on their own, we will do our best to work with that but we cannot guarantee quality or outcomes of products we are not familiar with. [BACK TO TOP]

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the use of small single-use sterile needles that are inserted into very specific acupuncture points on the patient’s body. With this therapy we are not only stimulating a local healing response but also working on its connection to the internal organ systems. Acupuncture stimulates the body to heal itself, both locally and within the body. [BACK TO TOP]

Botanical and Herbal Medicine

Herbal (botanical) medicines are plant extracts that are put into a medicinal form such as teas, liquids, dry powders and capsules. These herbs stimulate the body to heal itself.

There are many scientific studies on what herbs are used for. For example Black Cohosh has been extensively studied in its use for menopausal hot flashes.

We custom design herbal (botanical) treatments for our patients. The ingredients and herbs that can be used have multiple different healing properties that have been used for hundreds of years. If a patient needs a certain ingredient for one reason and another ingredient for a separate problem, we can combine the ingredients in a custom solution for everything the patient needs. [BACK TO TOP]

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is the use of diluted herbs and other natural remedies to stimulate the body’s own response to healing. This type of medicine works by using small doses of the herb to continuously stimulate the body and educate the immune system to start the healing response.

The advantage of this type of medicine is that it is used for people who are very sensitive to other medications. We can start a very low dose of this type of medicine and work up without any side effects. They are also completely safe for pregnancy, breastfeeding mother and babies, and are easy to use for children who may have a difficult time with larger supplements and botanicals. [BACK TO TOP]

Exercise Therapy

Naturopathic doctors are trained in the different exercise techniques available for improving health. Improvements in diet and exercise can improve anyone’s health. Research shows that improving exercise will improve overall health outcomes. We work with our patients to design an exercise program that works for them and that they actually like to do. It’s always more effective if you actually do the exercise, and making it something you will want to do is key. [BACK TO TOP]