Naturopathic Doctors truly believe in food as medicine. The relationship between nutrition and wellness, or between inadequate nutrition and disease, is well-documented. Individualized diets and nutritional supplements are recommended to address deficiencies, treat disease processes, and promote health. The benefits may include increased energy, weight loss, improved gastrointestinal function, enhanced immunity, and more!
Botanical medicine, also known as herbal medicine, is a form of medicine that is plant-based. It involves the use of herbal teas, tinctures, capsules, and other forms of herbal preparations to assist in recovery from injury and disease. Botanicals have been used safely and effectively for generations and are the chemical basis for many synthetic pharmaceuticals. The active constituents of plants can be extracted and used to gently heal the body without the added side-effects of traditional pharmaceuticals.
Asian medicine includes the use of acupuncture, Eastern herbs, and dietary changes to eliminate disease and the balance body. Acupuncture refers to the insertion of sterilized disposable needles through the skin into underlying tissues at specific points on the body.
Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts that describe illness as disharmony in the body. The Naturopath uses case history and physical finding to arrive at a TCM diagnosis. Placement of needles in strategic areas is used to alleviate and correct any imbalances.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) this form of treatment is effective for treating various conditions. Acupuncture can help alleviate muscles tension and joint pain. People with headaches and/or migraines often seek acupuncture as it can be very effective in alleviating the symptoms. There is also a great deal of clinical evidence supporting it’s use for hormonal imbalances and can help to promote fertility, regulate menstrual cycles, and alleviate symptoms of menopause.
Physical medicine refers to the use of hands-on techniques, such as electro-stimulation acupuncture and trigger point release acupuncture, for the purpose of treating musculoskeletal and neurological problems. Home-care stretches and exercises are also prescribed as indicated.
Lifestyle counseling involves identifying risk factors and making recommendations to help optimize one’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Naturopathic practice includes the integrated use of counseling stress management techniques when indicated.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy & Natural Dessicated Thyroid
Bioidentical hormones are the same structures as our natural hormones vs the synthetic forms that can be used conventionally. The goal of treatment is to restore deficiencies in hormones and to correct imbalances that may be present. Topical use of hormones is not associated with the same risks as oral use and bioidentical forms have a better safety profile than their synthetic counterparts.
Most commonly women going through perimenopause or menopause utilize these hormones to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. However, hormones can be helpful in managing PMS and menstrual issues as well in younger women. Topical bio-identical estrogens and progesterone can be prescribed by certain NDs in Ontario including Dr. Tiffany Eberhard.
Low functioning thyroid or hypothyroidism is generally treated with medication containing T4 (a thyroid hormone). The T4 is then converted within the body to its active form T3. Despite medication some people do not find relief of their symptoms using T4 only. Natural Dessicated Thyroid contains both T4 and T3. Dr. Tiffany Eberhard has completed additional training and is certified to prescribe natural dessicated thyroid to help support thyroid function in patients who aren't tolerating their current thyroid medication or who are seeking out a natural option for thyroid treatment.
*Monitoring is required when hormones are prescribed so you will be given a recommended schedule for having labs repeated and follow-up appointments.
Sometimes nutrition and supplements just aren’t enough. That is when injection therapy is considered as a tool for boosting a patient’s overall health. Intramuscular B12 injections can increase energy levels, improve sleep quality, improve your mood, and support a healthy cardiovascular system. These are available for current patients only.
A major part of an initial assessment will involve a look at your latest blood work. I’d love to get even more detailed information on hormone levels, vitamin and mineral status, as well as cholesterol, inflammatory markers, food allergies, and more. Here are a few specialty tests available:
CONVENTIONAL BLOOD TESTS: Just like the standard testing your MD would run. This includes tests like - cholesterol, thyroid panel, vitamin B12, iron, vitamin D, etc.
FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING: A quick blood draw at the lab can help you identify food sensitivities that may be causing any number of health complaints.
SALIVARY OR DUTCH HORMONE TESTING: Salivary hormone testing is often more accurate than blood hormone testing since it shows tissue level and is recommended when considering topical hormone treatment. DUTCH testing shows hormone metabolites and gives me even more information about your hormone status. I will look for hormone imbalances in both women and men that can cause PMS, infertility, low sex drive, fatigue, depression, and mood swings.
STOOL ANALYSIS: To investigate chronic digestive symptoms such as persistent diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, GERD, and malabsorption. Stool samples are used to objectively evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and parasites present in the intestinal tract.
*An initial appointment is required before any testing can be run to make sure it is the most appropriate approach to address your health concerns.