Naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine that employs methodologies and promoting self healing
These treatments use herbal teas, tinctures, capsules or topical poultices to treat specific health concerns and assist the body in recovering from illness or injury. We use specific Western and Traditional Chinese herbal preparations to target a variety of concerns.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine has been used for over 2,500 years. Treatment options include herbal medicine, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, dietary therapy, cupping and meditation. It can also include lifestyle changes to create balance and help heal the body.
Traditional Chinese medicine is used to treat acute and chronic pain and can be combined with other treatments for more effective results.
Research has shown that traditional Chinese medicine can treat conditions such as:
1. High blood pressure
3. Smoking Cessation
8. Side effects associated with cancer treatments
What can I expect for my first treatment?
An initial consultation usually includes an intake questionnaire about your health history as well as an examination of your tongue, pulse, abdomen, and other physical signs. Consultations last 60 minutes and include an initial acupuncture session.
Follow-up appointments normally take 30-60 minutes including a brief re-assessment and acupuncture session. Depending on your specific condition, the recommended initial course of treatment may last anywhere from 5 to 10 sessions. For complex conditions like cancer or infertility, treatments can be combined with naturopathic treatments to include supplements, homeopathy, herbal or botanical medicine. A combination of these methods makes the treatment more comprehensive.
Lifestyle and Nutritional counseling
Herb and Supplement recommendations
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Naturopathic training covers a wide range of medical conditions as well as strategies to optimize wellness. Some of the most common areas treated are stress, digestive concerns, anxiety, depression, sleep struggles, irregular or painful periods, fertility, weight loss, pain, thyroid concerns, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
What can I expect for my first treatment?
Initial appointments are 60-90 mins where a full health history is taken covering main concerns as well as other foundational aspects of your health. Physical exams may also be done and blood tests recommended to provide additional information. An understanding of your full health picture is key in order to prescribe an individualized treatment plan. These appointments often include passive modalities done during the appointment such as cupping, acupuncture, and adjustments as well as recommendations to take home with you.
Follow-up appointments are normally 30-60 minutes and build on the initial changes that were made as well as continue with any physical treatments. The number of appointments needed to treat your condition depends on the severity of the condition as well as treatment compliance but, the ultimate goal is to form lifelong healthy habits that you can maintain for long-term health and wellness.
Dr. Alicia MacDougall
I’m a Naturopathic Doctor who helps athletes to optimize their health in order to promote performance, recovery, and longevity.
Dr. Yasmin Amini
Dr. Yasmin is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who’s focus is on treating her patients through evidence-based medicine.
1. Why should I see you? What makes you the ND of choice?
As a general practitioner, emphasizing the most fundamental aspects in relation to your health condition(s) is priority. If you need any help in understanding and integrating evidence-based practices, taking the time to discuss together is worthwhile.
2. How can you help me? How about as a new patient?
Depending on your health condition(s), helping you to identify and address issues in the foundations of health is essential. Other natural treatments can be incorporated into your healthcare based upon the evidence base and your clinical situation.
3. What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine encompasses all aspects of the patient including their physical, emotional, and mental well being.
As a general practitioner, concentrating on the fundamentals of health is the most important with added assistance from evidence-based natural treatments. Other healthcare services may need to be incorporated to help address all of these areas.
4. What services do you offer? (Include modalities and lab testing)
As a general practitioner, services include: dietary and lifestyle counselling, nutritional and herbal supplementation, acupuncture with suctioned cupping, and laboratory testing.
5. Are naturopathic services covered under insurance?
Most extended healthcare insurance plans will cover naturopathic visits.
6. Do you treat patients of all ages? Do you offer services towards any specific population?
From my experience, young to middle aged and even older adults are the most common individuals. As a general practitioner, there are no particular services for specific populations.
7. What can I expect on a first consult?
Information related to your general health and your health condition(s) will be reviewed and documented into your clinical chart. Diagnoses and treatment considerations will then be researched and discussed in the follow-up visit.
Consider digestive health and skin concerns. Discuss with patients in the visit.
8. What is virtual care? Do you offer naturopathic virtual care? What is involved? What can you do for me virtually?
Virtual care is the online delivery of healthcare and some health condition(s) can be addressed remotely. As a general practitioner, services available online include dietary and lifestyle counselling, nutritional and herbal recommendations, and laboratory testing. In addition, virtual care uses an online secure platform and all the information is kept confidential.
9. Which conditions do you help?
Conditions commonly seen include skin concerns, anxiety and depression, female health concerns, muscle and joint problems, and gastrointestinal issues.