Naturopathy is a form of medicine that offers gentle, and non-invasive therapeutic techniques to support the body’s natural healing abilities.
There are 6 guiding principles that the practice of naturopathic medicine is based on:
First, do no harm
The practitioner must use methods and therapies which minimize risk and are the least harmful to patients.
The healing power of nature
The body has a natural ability to heal itself and naturopaths facilitate this process by removing any obstacles to recovery and supporting the body’s self-healing capacity.
Identify and treat the cause
Naturopathic medicine aims to treat to root cause of disease rather than merely suppressing symptoms of illness.
Treat the whole person
Naturopathy seeks to treat the root cause by identifying unique personal attributes of genetic, lifestyle, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual components of health. A naturopathic physician may offer individualized treatment approaches to patients best suited to their holistic needs.
Doctor as teacher
The naturopath emphasizes the importance of education for the patient with regards to their health concerns, treatment, and further maintenance. Education offers an opportunity for the patient to empower themselves concerning their individual health needs.
Naturopathic medicine strives to prevent the reoccurrence of an original disease, and/or the occurrence of a predisposed illness by utilizing all previously mentioned philosophies. The body is meant to be well and patients in any health are encouraged to seek to prevent ailments via diet, lifestyle, and other modifications as prescribed by the naturopath.
There are many techniques and therapies employed by the naturopathic doctor in order to provide effective and individualized care for the patient. Some naturopathic modalities used by Dr. Anousha include:
Botanical Medicine The combination and use of plants and their therapeutic properties to treat/manage an illness. Depending on compliance and ease of intake, botanical medicines can be ingested in various forms such as teas, tinctures (extracts in alcohol), encapsulated powdered herbs. It is important to note that some plants have strong effects in their concentrated forms and may interact with other herbs or drugs currently being taken. It is imperative to consult with a trusted healthcare professional such as a naturopathic doctor before starting any new botanical medications.
Nutrition Dietary counseling utilizes food as medicine; nutritional therapy employs the use of vitamins, minerals, and supplements to support the body in correcting any deficiencies or excesses that may have been caused due to modified absorption. A naturopath may recommend any nutritional supplementation as part of the individualized treatment plan in order to stimulate the body’s healing response in a safe and controlled manner.
Traditional Chinese Medicine The philosophy is founded on the notion of balance; energetically and physically, everything exists in a balanced state of yin and yang. There are 5 elements (water, earth, fire, metal, wood), each which express yin and yang as represented by different organ systems. This means, when one element is imbalanced (an organ as an imbalanced state of yin, yang, or both) the body expresses illness or disease in relation to that element’s organ. Acupuncture works to stimulate pressure points specific to the organ, and other organ systems to help restore balance in the body.
Physiologically, acupuncture causes a micro trauma in the skin that stimulates the body’s response to heal. The response enables blood, oxygen, and other cells to clear out any inflammatory residue that may be in the area causing pain.
Lifestyle Counselling Naturopathic doctors deeply understand and acknowledge the importance of mental and emotional support throughout the healing journey. This modality encompasses a variety of tools to help educate and support patients; talk therapy and motivational counseling are just some of the techniques used by Dr. Anousha in order to provide holistic care.
Physical Medicine Physical medicine is the assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders of the spine and joints and sports and soft tissue injuries. In her assessments, Dr. Anousha recommends and performs treatments to manage these conditions with an array of techniques such as hydrotherapy, cupping, and even acupuncture.
What to expect at your appointments
Initial: This is your first (and longest) appointment. During time we discuss your presenting case in full detail including (but not limited to), your past medical history, family medical history, any social or psychological contributing factors, and any currently used supplements and/or medications. Pertinent to your case, Dr. Anousha also performs a focused physical exam and provides any initial assessments. If required, any requisitions for lab work will also be conducted. You can expect a preliminary treatment at the end of your visit. It is after this visit that Dr. Anousha may collect any important research with regards to your case and treatment.
First Follow-up: This visit is compromised of discussing any outstanding areas of your case, as well as an in-depth dialogue regarding your individualized health plan. Lab results and assessments are also discussed during this time. Treatment plans are commenced.
Follow-ups: Subsequent follow-ups are for discussion of on-going health concerns, treatment, and wellness goals. Any new concerns that may arise are also addressed during follow-up visits.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture visits are available to patients after initial appointments. The visit consists of on-going care and evaluation of presenting health concerns managed under a specific individualized protocol. Therapies include acupuncture, cupping, or both.
*Note: if you have any additional questions prior to booking your initial, please do not hesitate to book a complimentary 15-minute consult with Dr. Anousha.
**No diagnoses, assessments or treatments are offered during the complimentary visit.