Naturopathic Medicine treats the underlying cause of disease and supports the natural healing processes of the patient. It is the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of physical, mental and emotional conditions; and it is the promotion of well-being using therapeutics that support or enhance a patient’s overall health. In BC, naturopathic doctors (NDs) are licensed to provide primary care. They are trained as general practitioners in complementary medicine, providing a full range of diagnostic tests and therapies, including nutritional and botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.
The initial consultation includes a comprehensive intake focussing on a patient’s health history as well as their current medical concerns. The history may involve a physical exam and the use of standard diagnostic instruments and laboratory tests. Naturopathic protocols are developed using not only standard lab tests but also lifestyle details such as dietary habits, emotional stress, exercise and exposure to environmental hazards.
Naturopathic medicine can provide care for most acute and chronic conditions. Common concerns treated by naturopathic medicine include digestive issues, hormonal imbalance, PMS and menstrual concerns, stress, sleep disturbances, fatigue, weight loss, skin concerns (ie acne and eczema), anxiety, mood imbalances, perimenopause/menopause and headaches/migraines.
Services offered include:
- Standard lab testing (blood, urine, stool, etc)
- Food sensitivity testing & other speciality lab tests
- IV nutrient therapy
- Vitamin B12 injections
- Nutritional and herbal supplements
- Prescriptions (Pharmaceutical)
Dr Jennifer Korsa