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Integrative and Individualized Care - Naturopathic Medicine in Bedford

Most of us are constantly trying to find balance in our lives. We often seek out different methods to help us find that perfect harmony between our work and personal life, our physical and mental well-being, or our own individual needs and the demands of others. However, knowing where to start or how to make these changes can be difficult. Let our naturopathic medicine services help you. 

What Is Naturopathic Medicine?

It is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine.

Based on the concept that our bodies have the innate ability to heal themselves, it is the art and science of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease using natural therapies, including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, traditional chinese medicine, acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling.

Naturopathic Medicine is Based on Six Foundational Principles:

We respect the patient’s capacity for health and provide them with the means to maintain it throughout time. These six principles are:

Do No Harm

The fundamental goal of any medical endeavor is to improve people’s physical health. However, our naturalist practitioners use a minimalistic, non-invasive, and non-toxic approach to patient care. Sometimes, we make a referral when a patient’s symptoms are beyond their training or expertise.

The Healing Power of Nature

A naturopath acknowledges how natural remedies and the natural environment help in recovery. Not only do we rely on naturally occurring medications, but we also view a purely natural setting as crucial to the body’s ability and human wellness.

Identify and Treat the Causes

Before a patient can experience a full recovery, the underlying cause for their ailment or condition must be determined. Symptoms might be the body’s attempt to defend, adapt, heal, or be the outcome of sickness. Instead of just treating symptoms, our experts use a different system to identify and address the problem.

Doctor as a Teacher

Our naturopathic doctor has a significant role in educating patients and supporting them in managing their health. Our goal is to encourage individuals to assume control of their health. We also recognize and invest in the healing potential of the doctor-patient bond.

Treat the Whole Person

We understand the interrelationships between bodies, environments, and choices about a human’s way of life. Our experts know how these affect an individual’s overall health. That’s why when treating a patient, they consider the individual as a whole person to bring about healing through their therapies.

Prevention

We focus on disease prevention and helping patients reach their optimal health potential. Naturopathic education and advocacy for healthy lifestyles are how these goals are realized. Together with their patients, we evaluate their patient’s risk factors, genetic makeup, and disease susceptibility and then take the necessary preventative measures.

Learn More About our Naturopathic Doctor Erin Edmonds And Book Appointment

Dr. Erin Edmonds is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 2012 with her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology and followed to pursue her doctorate studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received her Doctor of Naturopathy degree in 2016.

Benefits of Naturopathic Medicine

Promotes Health

The body can heal and progress toward its best possible state of health if the causes of illness are identified and the factors preventing their treatment are eliminated. By supporting the body’s innate capacity for self-healing, natural therapies seek to address disease at its source and restore normal bodily function.

Prevents Illness

The most effective strategy for fighting a disease is to prevent its occurrence in the first place. The primary focus of naturopathic therapies is disease prevention, followed closely by emphasizing a proper diet to be healthy and boost the immune system.

Promotes Self-Awareness

Natural therapies assist the patients in re-establishing a connection with themselves on a deeper level. As you gain familiarity with your body, you better understand its messages through symptoms.

Treats Disorders

Healthcare providers of naturopathic medicine can help address many conditions, including digestive problems, allergies, headaches, the common cold, and skin ailments like eczema and psoriasis.

Customized Treatment

Every person is different, with their background, family history, genetic makeup, dietary preferences, lifestyle habits, and health concerns. Hence, understanding a patient’s specific requirements is a primary concern for our team. Because of this, naturopathic medicine is tailored specifically to each patient. Patients actively participate in their treatment plans and acquire the skills necessary to make informed, favorable choices regarding their health care.

Naturopathic Medicine Services at Luminate Co

Core Naturopathic Medicine Services our Naturopathic Doctors employ with all Patients include:

Botanical/Herbal Medicine

This involves the prescription of Herbs that have been used for thousands of years, giving us a wealth of traditional knowledge and insight into their many profound healing effects. Within the last several decades, a great deal of scientific research has confirmed many of these traditional uses and has allowed us to learn how the studied herbs work in the body. 

Physical Medicine

This specialty’s main goal is to prevent, diagnose, and treat injuries, disorders, and disabling illnesses through physical means. It can comprise massage treatments, naturopathic programs for muscles, bones, or the spine, and hydrotherapy procedures. It can also include electrical impulses, ultrasonography, and exercise therapy.

Clinical Nutrition/Nutrition Therapy

Clinical Nutritional therapy includes dietary counselling and the use of functional foods and nutritional supplements as therapeutic tools. NDs may use various tools to analyze your current diet for foods that might be contributing to or aggravating your condition of concern, to detect nutritional deficiencies, and to find eating patterns that might lead to additional health concerns. Nutritional supplementation can take many forms, from correcting nutrient deficiencies to optimizing the levels of beneficial substances in the body that can treat disease and contribute to optimal health and well-being. 

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted versions of natural compounds derived from plants, animals, and minerals. It aims to increase the body’s innate capacity to repair itself.

When carefully selected for the individual patient, homeopathic remedies are able to stimulate the body’s innate healing intelligence with few side effects. Homeopathy is a gentle but powerful form of medicine that is safe in pregnancy, breastfeeding and for children.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

This area of medicine uses Asian herbs, acupuncture, and a range of other techniques to treat illness. With origins dating as far back as 2000 years ago, TCM has an extensive philosophical background that perfectly compliments the naturopathic ideal of recognizing imbalances and bringing them back to equilibrium. A core principle of TCM is that all living things have an inherent energy within them, known as “qi” (pronounced “chi”). Ideally, qi flows in a smooth and steady manner through the body within theoretical pathways called meridians. Disease is said to occur when the flow of qi becomes disrupted or if the body has too much or too little qi in certain areas. These abnormalities are righted through the use of Asian herbs or acupuncture, which involves placing thin needles at points along the meridians. While TCM has a rich history of anecdotal success stories, there are now a large number of medical journals containing research studies which support those earlier findings.

Lifestyle Counseling

Naturopathic physicians address all elements of a patient’s life, including stress and life events’ effects on their health. It also capitalizes on assisting patients in making lifestyle decisions that benefit their overall health and well-being.

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Learn More About our Naturopathic Doctor Lauren MacIntosh And Book Appointment

Dr. Lauren MacIntosh is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. She graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2012 before moving on to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she graduated in 2016 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine.

Advanced Therapies our Naturopathic Doctors are also skilled in using include:

Intravenous (IV) Therapy

IV therapy can be used for a wide range of health conditions and provide therapeutic benefits beyond what oral supplementation can achieve.  

Utilizing IV therapy allows our NDs to administer nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the gastrointestinal tract in the process.

When nutrients are taken orally, their structure can be altered as they pass the lining of the small intestine or when they are transported through the liver (known as the “first pass effect”).

Another factor that influences the ability of oral nutrients to make it into the blood is digestive capacity. If a patient has inflammation in their intestines, nutrients won’t be efficiently absorbed through the intestinal wall. If patients are not responding to oral supplements as expected, a possible trial of IV treatment with the same nutrients to see if benefit is noticed could be considered.

Our Naturopathic Doctors can discuss during your appointment if IV therapy is a fit for you.

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Regenerative Injection Therapies: Prolotherapy & Neuroprolotherapy (Perineural Injection Therapy)

Prolotherapy is an injection therapy used to reduce pain caused by musculoskeletal conditions. It can reduce pain for any number of diseases or disorders that affect your bones, muscles and connective tissues, and is often used in disorders such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Disk Disease, Tendipathy, and lower pain pain among others. 

Neural Prolotherapy (NPT), also called perineural injection therapy (PIT), is an injection therapy aimed at treating neuropathic pain, a major component of chronic pain and musculoskeletal injuries.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone is an ‘activated’ form of oxygen where there are actually three atoms of oxygen attached together, forming a molecule that is “O3”. Ozone (O3) behaves completely differently than O2. Ozone is far more energetic and oxidative than Oxygen, which makes it valuable in treatment for many conditions, including Pain, Cardiovascular Dysfunction (Cardiovascular Disease, Agina, High Blood Pressure, etc), Viral Infections, Macular Degeneration, Dental Infections, Autoimmune conditions, Low Thyroid Function, Chronic and Acute Back Pain (Sciatica, Degenerative Disc Disease, Pulled Muscles, etc). 

Ozone Therapy can be administered in many ways, including Intravenously, Injection, through Insufflation  – sinuses, ears, vaginal or rectally, and topically. 

Frequently Asked Questions About naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) extensively educated primary care practitioners with training that is comparable to conventional medical doctors in the areas of diagnostic testing, physical examination, pharmaceuticals/neutraceuticals, differential diagnosis and more.In addition to an undergraduate degree, NDs complete a four-year post-graduate degree at a full-time accredited naturopathic medical school where they complete a professional doctoral program. 

After graduation, they must write and pass board exams (NPLEX I and NPLEX II)  before obtaining a license and must stay registered in good standing with NSAND and CAND.

Various medical conditions are treated with naturopathic medical methods. While modern science has the same goal, naturopathic medicine can help with some of the most prevalent health issues like allergies, headaches, infertility, digestive difficulties, obesity, and chronic conditions like chronic pain. Invasive procedures, such as minor surgery, are within the scope of licensed naturopathic doctors in various states. Moreover, they may become your primary healthcare doctor, too.

Many studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of naturopathic therapies for common ailments like heart disease, diabetes, persistent low back pain, and anxiety. Research indicates that lifestyle-change programs focusing on nutrition, exercise, and mental well-being can treat chronic diseases safely and successfully. 

Moreover, naturopathic medical professionals have completed a four-year post-graduate medical program focusing on different basic sciences. Training highly skilled practitioners preserve the high safety standard in naturopathic medicine.

Practitioners must be licensed by a provincial or territorial regulatory body to practice naturopathic medicine in Canada. These regulatory bodies ensure that naturopathic doctors have the necessary education and training to provide safe and competent care.

In addition, all provinces and territories have naturopathic associations representing naturopathic providers and promoting the profession. Here in Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND) works to protect the public by ensuring that naturopathic doctors meet the highest standards of care.