“A distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine.” (Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors)
Naturopathic doctors are trained in botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, physical medicine and other natural therapies. We use these methods to help individuals improve and achieve health. We strive to determine the underlying cause of illness and treat that cause rather than focus on the symptoms.
For most, seeing a naturopathic physician means spending time with a doctor that listens to all your health concerns.
Training for naturopathic doctors includes a degree in pre-medical sciences along with four years of naturopathic medical training. Naturopathic doctors in Canada must complete their education at one of seven accredited educational institutions in North America and must complete standardized examinations prior to licensing and clinical practice.
Alberta Health Care does not currently include naturopathic medicine. Most private healthcare insurers include naturopathic medical visits. Check with your insurer to find out how much coverage you receive for naturopathic medical care each year.
Also referred to as regenerative injection therapy, prolotherapy is an injection technique used on muscle, tendons, ligaments, joints. It is very useful in treating a number of musculoskeletal complaints ranging from arthritis to chronic sports injuries on many joints in the body. You can learn more about prolotherapy here.
Evidence based medicine is about applying the best evidence available on a given therapy to guide decisions in patient care. This means that for every treatment that we use, we review the scientific literature available to determine the benefits and the risks. This helps to guide our decision to use a treatment. We also use this information to educate our clients.