What is Naturopathic Medicine?

One of the biggest dilemmas of today’s health care is that it largely employs pharmaceutical drugs that are designed to control symptoms. 

There is no dispute that these drugs save lives and serve an important role in today’s health care. They can allow for comfort that enables one to continue to work towards better health. However, although symptoms of an illness are important to address, it is not where treatment should stop.

Naturopathic medicine focuses on a holistic approach seeing each person as an intricate and inseparable whole of body/mind/spirit. It's health care that goes beyond treating symptoms to addressing the root cause of an illness. Your ND will do a comprehensive health history, any lab testing required and develop a health plan aimed at supporting you achieve optimum health. The goal here is to help you, not just survive, but to thrive!  

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Primary Care

Our physicians are Licensed Naturopathic Doctors in the Province of British Columbia, trained in primary family care, the diagnosis and understanding of illness, and the use of safe and effective treatments that focuses on prevention.

Our naturopathic doctors offer a primary care family practice, including:

  • Routine Physical Exams for Adults & Children

  • Male & Female Wellness Exams including Annual Breast, PAP & Prostate exams

Additional Care
Special areas of health we address:
  • Men's Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Fertility
  • Hormonal Balancing
  • Stress & Fatigue
  • Weight Loss and Management
  • Pain management
  • Gastrointestinal Health
  • Detoxification
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Integrative Cancer Care

 

Pain Management

In some cases, pain can save our lives, but when it sticks around longer than normal it can signal that something is wrong. Based on your unique needs your ND can address pain in the following ways: 

  • Herbal Medicine
  • Supplementation 
  • IV & Injection therapy, such as Prolotherapy can aid in recovery and delivers nutrients right where they are needed most. 
  • Acupuncture
  • Diet & Nutrition
Acupuncture

Acupuncture is used for an array of conditions and concerns and has shown efficacy in studies for the following:

  • Chronic pain
  • Acute pain
  • Headache
  • Hypertension
  • Menopausal hot flashes
  • Postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea
IV therapy

Intravenous therapy; IV therapy; or parenteral therapy is a highly effective way of introducing several essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids, directly into the bloodstream. As these nutrients are being injected into the vein, rather than taken orally, it bypasses the digestive system, allowing the nutrients to be utilized immediately. Higher doses of these nutrients can, therefore, be used without irritating the digestive system, and due to the high concentration gradient, these nutrients are being pushed into the cells to be used for many processes in the body, especially energy production.

Why is this important? 

Yes, the food we eat is essential when it comes to getting the nutrients we need. However, there are several instances where we are not using the
nutrients we get from food, not absorbing them properly, and therefore not transforming them into the vital building blocks of tissues and molecules
used in every process of the body. Our lifestyle choices in combination with the state of our health (e.g. digestion, inflammation, stress) determine the need for more therapeutic dosing of vitamins and minerals.

As this is a rapid way to receive nutrients into your body, it has the potential to be helpful for a variety of conditions or disease states. Depending on your health and goals for treatment, we can tailor an IV specifically for you, either as a single therapy or as an adjunct to other therapies to make them maximally effective. 

Botox/Dysport

Wrinkles are one of the most visible signs of aging. Sun damage, environmental causes, free radical damage, and gravity can all cause them. Creases can also occur due to repeated muscle contractions on the face, which causes wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead.

Botox, also known as botulinum toxin, is a medication that temporarily weakens muscles. Botox is used for facial rejuvenation to reduce the motion of facial muscles that cause wrinkles or unpleasant expressions, such as the vertical lines between the eyebrows, forehead lines, and crow’s feet.

Botox can be used to prevent wrinkle lines from forming and to improve the appearance of existing lines. Injected in very small amounts, Botox relaxes the muscles. The injection prevents acetylcholine from being released at the nerve-muscle junction, reducing muscle contraction. This causes temporary relaxation of the muscles and improves the appearance of dynamic wrinkles on the face and neck. Muscle weakness starts 24 to 48 hours after injection, but clinical improvement appears 7 to 10 days later. The treatment lasts for 4-5 months, and it is important to repeat it to preserve the effects.

WHAT IS BOTOX IS USED FOR?

  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Wrinkles around the mouth
  • Neckbands
  • Pitted Chin
  • Prominent jaw muscles (Masseter)
  • Sagging corners of the mouth and gummy smile
  • Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU COME FOR YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT:

  • A consultation with a detailed medical history
  • Analysis of the concerned area and recommendation of treatment for the areas concerned.
  • Injection by Dr. Jordana Aziz, ND, certified in medical aesthetics
  • The treatment is not painful and may be comparable to the discomfort of dental injections
  • Minimal swelling and bruising may be noted over the injected areas. Ice packs are used to minimize bruising
A message from our naturopathic doctors
New and returning patients can still expect the very best care. Our video consultations are fun and warm and you get to consult with your doctor from the comfort of your own home. 
Book online and you will receive instructions on how to proceed with the video or phone call.

 

And who knows? Telemedicine might be the way of many future visits!
Think about it . . .

No transportation time or costs
No need to take time off work
Eliminate child or elder care issues
Less chance of catching a new illness
No more White Coat Syndrome
Offers simple, on-demand care
Better health
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