Offered at GSH Medical Liberty Village (formally known as East Liberty Medical Center)
Naturopathy, also known as naturopathic medicine, is an alternative to the traditional medical system and focuses on attacking the root cause of symptoms. Naturopathic doctors focus on finding the root cause of a disease and its symptoms rather than masking symptoms with prescription drugs. Naturopathic doctors utilize a wide array of tool to identify and treat many common illnesses and afflictions. Naturopathic doctors are trained in acupuncture, botanic and physical medicine, nutrition and homeopathy. They must complete a bachelor’s degree prior to entry. At the end of training they receive a doctor of naturopathic medicine degree.
Visiting a certified naturopathic doctor will be very similar to a visit with your family doctor. At the initial visit the naturopathic doctor will make an extensive examination of the patient. This includes a thorough family history, a physical examination and may require laboratory tests. The naturopathic doctor will identify dietary problems, ask you about stress as well as lifestyle and environmental exposure. By understanding the patient as a whole, the naturopath can make a better assessment of the patient’s overall health and identify the cause of symptoms. The naturopathic doctor treats the person as a whole and does not focus on specific symptoms that may be caused by unlikely imbalances that traditional doctors may fail to diagnose.
Common naturopathic treatments:
Nutritional counselling, acupuncture, herbal medicine, detoxification, hydrotherapy, homothetic medicine, physical medicine etc.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical treatment which involves inserting and manipulating needles into various points in the body. Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, relieve pain caused by arthritis, injury or illness and improve mood and energy. Acupuncture is based on the theory that the human body has a system of energy “rivers” that run throughout the body and its surface. Sometimes there rivers get obstructed and overflow resulting in an imbalance in the body that may manifest itself as pain, tiredness, lack of energy or other symptoms. By inserting needles into the body the acupuncturist can manipulate the rivers and restore the energy flow balance in the patient’s body.
The short answer is NO. Most patients do not report any pain or discomfort when undergoing acupuncture by a trained and certified acupuncturist. Some patients with a fear of needles may experience a slight discomfort during their initial treatment.
Dr. Meera Dossa ND (currently on Mat leave)
With a major in Nutritional Science from the University of British Columbia, Meera Dossa, ND completed her studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
After being diagnosed with Crohns and Colitis, her life was transformed by the utilization of naturopathic principles and as such, she takes a keen interest in gastrointestinal health. Her clinical experience has been based on the concept of healing the body from within by means of restoring the function and integrity of the gastrointestinal tract. This is achieved mainly through lifestyle modification, nutritional counselling and supplementation.
Meera has treated a variety of conditions including hypertension, blood sugar dysregulation, hypercholesterolemia, IBS, IBD, seasonal allergies and autoimmune disorders with a strong focus on digestive health.
She is a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and is registered with the BDDT-N.
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