Naturopathic physicians are primary health care doctors who treat both acute and chronic conditions including fatigue, stress, hormone imbalance, weight management, anxiety, pain and much more. Naturopathic medicine is based on the fundamental principle of treating the cause of a disease. By focusing on cause not only are a patient’s symptoms alleviated but long term healing is achieved. Based on this principle of treating the cause, naturopathic physicians have become specialists in preventative medicine. In B.C. Naturopathic doctors are educated, trained and examined by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia ensuring proper education and training as a regulated profession. The scope of naturopathic practice includes: botanical medicine; clinical nutrition; naturopathic manipulation; acupuncture; homeopathy; prevention and lifestyle counselling. Some naturopathic physicians have additional specializations including prolotherapy, neural therapy and intravenous therapy.
By integrating a philosophy of prevention, access to a wide spectrum of diagnostic tools and the ability to utilize a vast range of treatment options, naturopathic physicians are able to treat each patient as unique individual. This allows for great success in treating conditions such as:
- digestive disturbance: gas, bloating, GERD, Candida, food sensitivies, allergies, IBS, Crohn’s, Celiac etc
- hormone imbalance (menstrual conditions, menopause, infertility, thyroid imbalance etc.)
- immune dysfunction
- stress and anxiety, depression
- acute and chronic pain conditions
- as well Naturopathic physicians provide overall health care and prevention as general health practioners.
For more information about naturopathic medicine visit www.bcna.ca
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