Humans have always used plants as medicine. We are now starting to understand why and how from an evidence-based scientific perspective. Teas, tinctures and capsules of herbs are used to treat a wide variety of acute and chronic ailments. It is important to have the herbs well chosen not just by condition, but also in accordance with an individual's constitution, history and dose requirements.
Homeopathy is a unique and independent system of medicine that has it roots in the late 18th century. It is different than all other modalities of natural medicine because it uses very dilute preparations of plant, mineral or animal substances. Patients are treated with sequences of remedies that match their character and energy, not just their condition, a technique that is not suited to conventional trial evaluations.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complex healing system that has stood the test of time for over 3,500 years. It uses Chinese herbs, acupuncture and dietary changes to balance the body. After a health history from a Western medical and Naturopathic perspective, details that relate to the Chinese system are incorporated to form a TCM diagnosis. This informs which acupuncture points should be used to restore health.
Most of us know what lifestyle changes we could make to improve our health, but we need a bit of help figuring out how to work it into our day to day. It is interesting to explore the ways that we stay in patterns that don't serve our goals and dreams. Learning how to support consistency around the practice of healthy eating, exercise, relaxation and everything in between, creates lasting change in both our mind and body.
From basic nutrition to individualized micronutrient needs, there is a lot of material to consider. A Naturopathic approach helps patients focus their efforts on foods and supplements that are effective for treatment and prevention, that also have quality evidence behind them. It can be challenging to sort through all the nutrition fads and conflicting information in this area without a professional's advice.
One of the old pillars of Naturopathy was water-cure where applications of cold water or alternations of hot and cold (sauna to ice bath) were used to stimulate circulation and immune function. More recently, short period exposure to cold, be-it cold air, snow or water, along with deep breathing techniques is being used to modulate the autonomic nervous system and benefit the inflammatory process in a variety of disease processes.