: AN INTRODUCTION TO NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
By Dr. Raza Shah, BSc, ND Naturopathic Medicine : Naturopathic Medicine Naturopathic Medicine is the art and science of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease using natural therapies with a focus on optimizing health and well-being through individualized patient care. Principles of Naturopathic Medicine : Principles of Naturopathic Medicine Do No Harm
Healing Power of Nature
Identify and treat the Cause
Doctor as Teacher
Treat the Whole Person
Health Promotion is the Best Prevention Is Naturopathic Medicine Scientific? : Is Naturopathic Medicine Scientific? Many current research studies have been conducted on all modalities used by NDs. These studies have shown the effectiveness of naturopathic therapies on their own, in combination with, or instead of conventional therapies. Education : Education Pre-Medical University Studies
4 Year Post-Graduate Program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine; only accredited school in Canada Education: Courses : Education: Courses Physiology
Physical Clinical Diagnosis
Principles in Research
Immunology Soft Tissue Manipulation
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Integrative Clinical Studies Naturopathic Therapies : Naturopathic Therapies Clinical Nutrition – assessment of the dietary influences on a given condition. Intervention can be in the form of changes in eating choices, habits, or vitamin mineral supplementation.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine – The use of Oriental System of energy meridians in the body to assess and treat from an eastern perspective. Therapeutic intervention includes the use of eastern botanicals and acupuncture
Botanical Medicine – The use of herbs in the treatment of conditions. Can be in the form of teas, tinctures, essential oils or capsules Naturopathic Therapies : Naturopathic Therapies Homeopathic Medicine – The use of dilute amounts of plant, animal or mineral substances used to stimulate the body’s healing reactions.
Physical Therapies – The use of interferential, ultrasound, manipulation, bodywork, and hydrotherapy.
Lifestyle Counseling – An assessment of risk factors and programs to modify behavior emphasizing self-responsibility. What Health Concerns do NDs Treat? : What Health Concerns do NDs Treat? Naturopathic Doctors are Primary Care Physicians able to treat a wide array of health concerns.
Naturopathic medicine is a flexible and comprehensive approach to overall health. It can be applied to virtually any health concern from acute to chronic conditions or from prevention to general well-being. What Can You Expect When Visiting A Naturopathic Doctor? : What Can You Expect When Visiting A Naturopathic Doctor? Primary Visits
History of the Chief Concern
Detailed Family History
Current Supplements and Medication
Review of Systems
Screening Physical Exam What Can You Expect When Visiting the St. Jacobs Naturopathic Clinic? : What Can You Expect When Visiting the St. Jacobs Naturopathic Clinic? What Can You Expect When Visiting A Naturopathic Doctor? : What Can You Expect When Visiting A Naturopathic Doctor? Follow Up Visits
Lab Work (as Needed)
Review of Diet Diary
Review diagnosis, prognosis and treatment protocol, allowing the doctor to follow the progression of treatment. What Can You Expect When Visiting the St. Jacobs Naturopathic Clinic? : What Can You Expect When Visiting the St. Jacobs Naturopathic Clinic? Does Health Insurance Cover Naturopathic Medicine? : Does Health Insurance Cover Naturopathic Medicine? Most private insurance plans cover naturopathic treatments. Insured patients are encouraged to contact their employer or individual insurance agents to determine if they are covered and to request that their policy he extended to include naturopathic services if it does not already do so. Naturopathic Medicine in Today’s Health Care System : Naturopathic Medicine in Today’s Health Care System Over 80% of Canadians use natural health products on their own – Naturopaths provide valuable guidance in preventing interactions with other therapies
Diet & Lifestyle Changes are fundamental components in many treatment protocols – Naturopaths are trained in facilitating these changes with information and resources to increase compliance