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Treatment Modalities

Botanical medicine
Botanical medicine is the use of plants and plant extracts to treat various conditions. Every culture on this planet has used plants over the melleniums. The Naturopathic botanical medicine tradition began with Sebastian Kniepp of Germany and the eclectic doctors of North American. But today the planet is much smaller and research much more extensive. This enables us to use plants such as Aswaganda from India, Harpagophypum from South Africa or Echinacea from North America. We prescribe botanical formulas which we prepared for each individual patient depending on their condition and needs. For instance a cough medicine would vary greatly depending if the cough is dry, loose or spasmodic.

Nutritional Medicine
Diet, supplementation to correct nutritional deficiencies, and application of nutritional research to clinical conditions are the three pillars of our nutritional approach. After the medical history, physical exam and lab tests, dietary changes are recommended. These changes are specific for each person’s condition and findings. Nutritional deficiencies may be due to diet or poor absorption. Many deficiencies can be ascertained during the history and physical exam. Others are found through laboratory testing. Through extensive review of research in the field of nutrition we know that selected nutrients are beneficial for different conditions, e.g. Vitamin B6 for carpel tunnel syndrome. Please see our research tab for more examples.

Chinese Traditional Medicines (TCM)
Chinese traditional medicine, which has been practiced for thousands of years consists of diagnosis, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and dietary intervention. Chinese medicine is used for treatment of disease, prevention of disease and as a method to increase vitality. Historically Chinese medical doctors got paid for maintaining health and preventing disease. At the Dundas Naturopathic Centre we combine the diagnostic techniques of TCM with a western medical diagnosis using physical exam and laboratory findings. East meeting West gives us more tools to fully diagnose our patients. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and dietary changes are therapies used in our clinic to treat or prevent many conditions.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy uses minute doses of plant, animal and mineral substances to treat or prevent diseases, conditions or syndromes. The selection of the homeopathic medication is dependent on your specific symptoms. Ten patients with headache could receive ten different medications depending on how their headache manifests and their mental emotional state; e.g. right side, worse in the morning, associated with nausea, associated with irritability, etc. The process of selecting a homeopathic medication requires an in-depth knowledge of a patient’s mental, emotional and physical symptoms. This requires a lengthy interview, as we need to understand our patients on multiple levels more fully before we can prescribe.

Bowen Technique
The Bowen technique is a series of precise moves on specific body points. The moves are often at the point of insertion of the muscles and are light and gentle. They allow the muscle to relax and release tension. Bowen was developed by the late Tom Bowen of Australia. For more than 40 years it has been used to treat a variety of illnesses. The first seminar was in 1986 in Australia. The training came to Canada in 1994 and Drs. May, ND and Saunders, ND were certified in 1995.

Naturopathic Manipulation
Naturopathic manipulation has been a part of our clinical practice for over one hundred years. Manipulation consists of assessing the function of the various joints of the body and making a adjustment to that joint in order to restore its function. Joints that are commonly manipulated include those of the spine and extremities. Manipulation if often accompanied by soft tissue work, acupuncture, and other therapeutic means of facilitating the manipulative thrust and restoration of joint function.

Parenteral Therapy
Parenteral Therapy includes the use of vitamins, minerals, nutritional cofactors, and botanicals administered by intramuscular, subcutaneous, or intravenous methods. The substances administered can be individualized to each patient’s particular health needs. Examples where parenteral therapy may be used include celiac disease, anemia, severe infections, and cancer.