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Naturopathic medicine

Why Naturopathic Medicine for Women’s Health?

naturopathyWomen’s health concerns are common and pervasive among the population. They are often multi-factorial in nature and can be impacted by all aspects of a woman’s life. In naturopathic medicine, we consider physical, mental/emotional and lifestyle factors to be equally important when treating women’s health conditions. We also perform an extensive and comprehensive evaluation of our female patients taking a deeper look at the underlying causes of women’s health complaints. More often than not symptoms like painful periods, PMS, lumpy breasts, hot flashes, etc. are regarded as “normal” female phenomenon. However, these are often warning signs of underlying imbalances. Our body is always talking to us, Naturopathic doctors are trained to listen and respond using natural and effective evidence-based medicines. Our unique women’s focused treatment approach combines the latest in therapies and diagnostics available for women’s health. Every treatment plan is personalized and catered to the unique needs of each and every woman we see.

What women’s health conditions are commonly treated by Naturopathic Doctors?

  • Natural fertility/pregnancy preparation
  • IVF support
  • Postpartum care
  • Menopause
  • PMS
  • Irregular/painful/heavy periods
  • PCOs/ovarian cysts
  • Recurrent yeast infections/BV/urinary tract infections
  • Breast health
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Hypothyroid/hashimotos/hyperthyroid/graves
  • Low energy/fatigue/adrenal health
  • Chronic stress
  • Anxiety/depression/mood
  • Weight gain

What does a Naturopathic Doctor do?

  • Provides a distinct form of primary health care for all ages
  • Uses a holistic approach, treating not just the disease but the person as a whole
  • Seeks to uncover the underlying cause of your health complaints
  • Supports and stimulates the innate healing capacity of the body
  • Takes time to review personal health history, family history, current health status (physical/mental/emotional), as well as lifestyle factors (diet, environment, activity, stress) impacting your health
  • Provides an individualized treatment plan unique to every patient
  • Provides natural and preventative treatment options for health conditions
  • Will work with your medical doctor and health care team to best support your health goals

What to expect from Naturopathic medicine for women’s health?

  • A thorough health history
  • Testing
    • In-house lab testing
    • Basic physical exam
    • Chinese tongue and pulse assessment
    • External lab testing
  • Additional recommendations for conventional and specialized lab testing (e.g. food allergy testing, detailed hormone testing, gut health testing, genetic testing, comprehensive thyroid, and adrenal testing)
  • A treatment plan that may include any of the following: herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, vitamin/mineral supplementation, detoxification, stress management techniques, and lifestyle counseling

Common conditions are treated by Naturopathic doctors

Digestive system

Gas, bloating, reflux, IBS, constipation, Crohn’s & Ulcerative colitis, ulcers, parasites, detoxification

Immune system

Allergies, asthma, auto-immune conditions, recurrent infections

Skin conditions

Eczema, psoriasis, acne

Nervous system

Fatigue, chronic stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches

Metabolic health

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart health, diabetes

Joint, bone & muscle pain conditions

Arthritis, osteoporosis, muscle spasm

Children’s health

Recurrent colds/ear infections, ADHD, eczema, stomach aches, constipation, gas, stress/anxiety/mood

Men’s health

Prostate, andropause, recurrent infections

How does a naturopathic doctor treat conditions?

  • Herbal medicine
    • Treatment using evidence-based research on plants and their potent extracts
  • Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine
    • A 5000-year-old painless therapy for balancing mind and body, backed by extensive research
  • Clinical nutrition
    • Diet, vitamin, minerals, and supplements to enhance health
  • Lifestyle Counselling
    • Practical advice for stress management, preventing illness and leading a healthy lifestyle individualized for every patient and based on current research

 

By: Dr. Vivian Bizios

Doctor of Naturopathy- Women’s Health

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