Naturopathic treatments are used effectively as complete therapies on their own. However they can also be used as a complement to conventional medicine. Aimed at improving health and addressing illness in people of all ages, this practice is the science, philosophy and art of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness, using natural therapies and medicines. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles that determine its practice. Treatment methods are selected upon the basis of patient individuality. Our physician works to restore balance in a gentle and intuitive manner, minimizing the potential for side effects and maximizing on the personal knowledge of both patient and practitioner. The aim of the naturopathic physician is always to respect and support the body’s innate desire to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine encompasses a broad range of therapeutic systems. This advanced and comprehensive collection of natural treatments may include: acupuncture, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine (eastern and western), vitamins and supplements (nutraceuticals), detoxification and environmental medicine, clinical hypnosis, homeopathy and counseling,. Our doctor is an internationally trained practitioner who has dedicated his life to the healing arts. He brings an intuitive wisdom to the naturopathic practice, as well as bold creativity to his custom combined treatments. Please Learn More.
Acupuncture is a form of Classical Chinese Medicine that focuses on balancing the body’s energetic flux, called qi (pronounced chee). When this flow is constrained, disharmony and illness can occur. By inserting fine, hair-thin needles into the skin and so redirecting the movement of energy, acupuncture can restore harmony and balance to mind, body, and spirit. Much of western medicine accepts acupuncture as a testable treatment that interacts with key nerve-plexes that block pain receptors and/or stimulates neurotransmitter releases. The needles are not painful and many people find the effect of acupuncture to be deeply relaxing and profound. It is an intelligent medicine, gentle enough for pregnant women, and powerful enough to treat more serious conditions like high blood pressure, chronic pain or insomnia.
According to the principles of Classical Chinese Medicine, a person’s health is determined by having a balanced flow of energy circulate through the body. Acupuncture is a means of promoting and maintaining health within the body and is often used as a complement for those undergoing western medical treatments. Acupuncture can also be used by those who aren’t experiencing any discomfort. It has the power to preventively boost ones immune system and energy levels. It can be effective at reducing stress and creating emotional balance. As well, many use it seasonally to support the body in a changing environment. Womens health is one of the very oldest of the Chinese medical specialties. Acupuncture can support a woman through all the phases of her life. It is effective in regulating a woman’s hormonal cycle as well it helps her through the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy. Fertility is one issue that acupuncture has been used extensively to treat. Since the aim of Classical Chinese Medicine is to harmonize and bring one into balance, these ideas are often fundamental to clearing up problems with male and female infertility. Acupuncture is very effective when used in conjunction with Naturopathic Medicine, Western allopathic Medicine, Chiropractic Care, Physical Therapy, or Massage Therapy. It has been proven to decrease post-operative healing times, increase immune functioning, and enhances well-being, memory, and concentration. The World Health Organization recognizes the ability of acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine to treat over 200 commonly encountered conditions. Please Learn More.
Nutrition and the therapeutic use of foods is the cornerstone of Naturopathic medicine. The naturopathic approach to diet and nutrition has been validated in many scientifically based professional journals on nutrition and dietary sciences. Many medical conditions can be treated effectively with expanded foods consciousness, and with fewer complications or side effects. While most medical doctors receive fewer than 20 classroom hours in clinical nutrition, Naturopathic Physicians receive more than 140 hours. In the words of Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine), “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”
Many plant substances can act as powerful medicines with many advantages over conventional drugs. They are highly effective in the right dosage, when used correctly with other herbs and treatments. Herbs can be prepared in many forms teas, tinctures, capsules. Scientific research is demonstrating that some plant substances have comparable effects to synthetic drugs in clinical situations. They are attractive treatment strategies for many conditions because of their benign nature offering few, if any side effects. Naturopathic doctors are extensively trained in the art and science of botanical medicine, as well they are experts in herb-drug interactions.
Nutraceuticals are nutritional supplements primarily consisting of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, plants and sometimes animal derived substances. They are researched, developed and recommended to affect physiological shifts in many health conditions. At carefully measured therapeutic doses, these substances are potent “natural drugs” and can be administered in capsule, tablet, liquid or powder form. Many patients take randomly selected supplements that are harmful if combined inappropriately, resulting in preventable health problems and side effects, especially if accompanied with pharmaceutical drugs. It is highly advisable that anyone taking supplements consult a naturopathic doctor trained in the art of nutraceutical dosing and vitamin-drug interactions. IMS works in close collaboration with the highest quality, bioavailable and evidence-based product companies developed for our patients.
The 20th century, with its promise of better living through chemistry has also brought a host of chemical toxin-related illnesses. Environmental chemicals are ubiquitous in our environment. The most problematic toxins are pesticides, solvents and heavy metals. Once they enter the body they accumulate in fatty tissue throughout the body. The primary damage caused by these contaminants is to disrupt neurological function. Besides being neurotoxic, these compounds are profoundly immunotoxic and so toxic to the endocrine system as well. But the adverse health effects are not limited to those systems alone. These compounds can also cause a variety of dermatological, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and cardiological problems. Heavy metals poison a diverse range of enzyme function, affecting virtually every system of the body. Environmental illness can be elucidated by a comprehensive history along with evidence of serum toxin levels and toxin-induced immune system damage.
All detoxification choices have the same aim – providing the body with a natural way to restore a state of well-being. Over time the body builds up a large number of toxins which naturally accumulate due to eating habits, too much stress – and now more than ever – increased levels of environmental pollution, especially in metropolitan areas. Imagine painting your walls each year, applying the new color on top of last year’s old coat. Detoxification is much like clearing the paint off the walls before adding this year’s fresh and vibrant shade. It is a simple process that naturally eliminates built up poisons from your body. Please Learn More.
Clinical Hypnosis makes use of hypnotic techniques to facilitate personal awareness and release suppressed experiences that manifest as health issues. Utilizing states of deep relaxation, the therapist assists in uncovering and exploring memories, emotions and unconscious stories that impact the conscious mind. We activate the client’s inner resources and wisdom to achieve the desired goals. This therapy is used with much success to treat numerous medical and psychological concerns. Hypnotic techniques prove useful with alcohol and substance abuse, stress, sleep disorders and mental health problems such as anxiety, fear, phobias and depression.
This powerful system of medicine, more than 200 years old, is widely accepted as an effective treatment strategy in many countries. Homeopathic medicines, when properly prescribed, affect the body’s vitality and strengthen its innate ability to heal. Homeopathic remedies function on physical and emotional levels, with few side effects. Some conditions that do not respond well to conventional medicine often succumb to homeopathy.
Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements in healing and disease. Naturopathic Doctors are trained in various techniques that include short-term situational counseling, couples counseling, mind-body techniques, stress management and hypnosis. Attention to this aspect of ourselves is an essential part of our overall health and well-being. Our Doctor is trained in a variety of psychological models that accommodate personal therapy through open discussion, safe emotional exploration and psychological exercises geared to resolve fear based health issues.