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. Giacomina Gucciardi ND
My name is Dr. Giacomina Gucciardi and I have been a naturopathic doctor since 1997. I have a family practice, with a major focus on gastrointestinal health, chronic inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular disease, women’s health and fertility along with pediatric care.
I understand the challenges patients face when having to make lifestyle and dietary changes in order to improve their health. I was diagnosed with celiac disease 51 years ago, a time when no one heard of “gluten free” and little to no food options available. Being Italian, my family and I struggled with the food restrictions but grew to learn the absolute and fundamental connection between food and health. This spurred my passion and deep understanding of gastrointestinal health and it’s profound affect on human physiology.
In my practice I use nutritional and lifestyle counseling, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and laboratory testing, including food sensitivity testing, to address the physical, mental, and emotional health of an individual. I aim to work with patients in establishing goals and treatment plans that empower patients to take charge of, and maximize their health and well being.
I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1997, where I completed a four-year doctorate program. Prior to naturopathic studies, I attended the University of Toronto and completed a Bachelor of Science degree. I continued my education by training with Jane Lyttleton, one of the world’s leading experts in the Treatment of Infertility with Traditional Chinese Medicine. With acupuncture, I have been helping patients with fertility, IVF enhancement and pregnancy.
Outside of my clinical practice I am committed to educating the public on Naturopathic medicine. I have lectured at Seneca College on the subject of gastrointestinal health and I have led a series of “lunch and learn” lectures with the Royal Bank of Canada.
I am licensed in Ontario through the Board of Drugless Practitioners- BDDT-N). I also hold professional memberships with the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).
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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